break (someone's) serve

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break (someone's) serve

In tennis, to win a game that is being served by one's opponent. She broke her opponent's serve in the last game, and it looks like the match is now firmly in her control.
See also: break, serve

break someone's serve

In tennis and related sports, win a game served by one's opponent, as in The only way he'll win the match is to break Bill's serve. The use of serve, from the earlier service, meaning "starting play" in these sports, dates from the early 1600s.
See also: break, serve
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Henman, playing in his first singles quarter-final on clay, took the first set 6-3 and was 4-3 up in the final set but allowed the Argentine to break his serve and march on to a 3-6 6-1 6-4 victory.