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break (someone)

To completely destroy, defeat, or humiliate someone. Don't cross me, man, I will break you. That upstart company thinks it can challenge our hold in the market? We'll just have to break them, without mercy.
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a chance; another chance or a second chance. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I'm sorry. Please don't send me to the principal's office. Give me a break! I got a nice break. They didn't send me to prison.

break (up) (into something)

to divide into smaller parts. The glass broke up into a thousand pieces. It hit the floor and broke up, flinging bits everywhere.


1. n. a chance; an opportunity. Come on, give me a break!
2. n. an escape from prison; a prison breakout. I hear there’s a break planned for tonight.
3. in. [for a news story] to unfold rapidly. (Journalism.) As the story continues to break, we will bring you the latest.
4. n. a solo played when the rest of the band stops. This is your break, Andy. Let’s hear it, man.


1. To fall into disorder, as a formation of soldiers.
2. To fail to conform to a prevailing or expected pattern or order: "Architectural experts have criticized the plaza in the past because it breaks rank with the distinctive façades of neighboring Fifth Avenue blocks, whose buildings are flush with the sidewalk" (Sharon Churcher).
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Check the BOLI Web site for more detailed information on rest breaks and meal periods.
Trading the rich tax breaks for much lower rates was a well-considered strategy dating back to Bradley, one he and others felt was crucial to achieving the larger goal of tax reform.
Break Media is one of the largest entertainment properties and providers of content -- video, editorial, and games -- to men online.
The returns from the WRM system and the break improvement program have been dramatic, especially in the wet end and at the liquid application system.
Pepsi's Fast Break was successfully test marketed last year in Birmingham, AL, where consumer research showed impressive interest in the package's 20-ounce size and shape, recyclable nature and portable, resealable design.
Upon entrance into the machine, the media starts to break down the sand lumps while protecting the castings from the tumbling action.
Second, we should eliminate the special tax break for capital gains, as provided for in the Senate bill.
Gaming is a significant area of interest to our community and our brand partners," said Keith Richman, CEO of Break Media.
In the opening round of Open Snooker matches 11 breaks of 25 or more were recorded with Michael Holding, Julian Hodge and Mick Haigh all recorded a 26 break, Darren Woodhouse went one better with a 27.
They were giving the workers one lunch break - 30 minutes unpaid - which they were required to do under the collective bargaining agreement, along with one 10-minute rest period," plaintiff's attorney Neil Herring said Tuesday.
To run a breaking offense effectively, players need to buy into two principles that make a fast break work.
Now that you know all this chemistry, you know the key to achieving a new star-studded look: Break and rearrange some of your hair's bonds.
Although entrepreneurs often fail to realize the significance of recognizing and reaching the break-even point in the financial cycle, understanding what it takes to break even is critical to making any business profitable.
In the Veterans League matches Lomax recorded a break of 27 on his way to defeating John Moorhouse of Crosland Moor Con A.