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break away

1. Literally, to escape from physical restraints. The robber had tied me to a chair, but I was able to break away and flee the house. I had to chase my dog down the street after he broke away during our walk.
2. By extension, to move away or separate from someone or something. I'm starting to break away from the religious tradition I was raised in. That 10-game win streak really helped them to break away from the other teams in the conference. Ultimately, she had to break away from her family and their dysfunctional ways in order to be healthy.
3. To leave or stop a particular activity. I know you have to finish this paper, but can you break away for a bit and talk to your grandparents?
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break something away (from something)

to break a part or piece of something away from the whole. She broke a bit away and popped it into her mouth. Todd broke away a piece from the bar of candy.
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break away

 (from someone) and break free (from someone); break loose (from someone)
1. Lit. to get free of the physical hold of someone. I tried to break away from him, but he was holding me too tight. She broke free from him, at last. I broke free from the intruder.
2. Fig. to sever a relationship with another person, especially the parent-child relationship. He found it hard to break away from his mother. She was almost thirty before she finally broke free.
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break away

1. Leave hurriedly, escape, get loose. For example, The boy tried to break away, but his mother held onto his coat, or On the last lap the horse broke away from the pack. [First half of 1500s]
2. Sever connections with a group. For example, It was hard for me to break away from that organization, but I knew it was necessary.
3. Stop doing something, as in She broke away from work long enough to go out for lunch.
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break away

v.
1. To separate or detach something in order to clear a space: It was easier to dig through the snow once we had broken the icy crust away.
2. To separate or detach oneself: Our politics began to change, so we broke away from the political party we had belonged to. The ice on the shore began to break away once the weather got warmer.
3. To move rapidly away from or ahead of a group: The cyclist broke away from the pack and was soon very far ahead.
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GOING IT ALONE: Finbar Furey has followed a successful solo career since he broke away from the band of brothers that he led
1) Jews carry Israeli flags Sunday in West Hills at an interfaith march in which Muslims and Christians broke away.
Before long, its bow broke away and sank, fires erupted, oil began to leak into the sea, and the crew abandoned ship.
Research suggests that the top deck of the SS Republic broke away as the ship was sinking and Odyssey believes the additional coins believed to be on the ship when it sank may be found in the debris trail created when the ship broke apart as it sank to the ocean floor nearly 1,700 feet deep.
Here in Beverly Hills, we broke away from the LAUSD in 1935 to form our own school district and our parents have been thankful ever since.
The team reported experiments demonstrating that chick-embryo endothelial cells placed atop a gel layer in a petri dish broke away from their neighbors and started to travel into the gel when exposed to adherons isolated from the cardiac jelly of embryonic chick hearts.
Team Invacare's Ernst Van Dyk broke away from the pack in the last six miles of the race and held the lead to finish with a time of 1:28:03.
Antelope Valley leaders broke away from the nationwide WE TIP Program a year ago, saying information took up to three weeks to reach local deputies.
In the 1940s, working with colleagues first at Ohio StateUniversity in Columbus and then at the University of Chicago, Rogers broke away from psychoanalytic approaches and developed a method of counseling and psychotherapy termed "nondirective.
In all the excitement, they bumped a camera and lost view of the satellite as it broke away.
2 by President Clinton as part of the agreement that brought a halt to hostilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was one of the constituents that broke away from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.