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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.
See also: break


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).
References in classic literature ?
What I meant, was, that I would break one of his legs, or something of that sort; but in Lucerne I instantly saw that I could impair his mind.
Even should I break one of them with my first blow, for I figured that he would attempt to ward off the cudgel, he could reach out and annihilate me with the others before I could recover for a second attack.
The players are called "old gamesters"--why, I can't tell you--and their object is simply to break one another's heads; for the moment that blood runs an inch anywhere above the eyebrow, the old gamester to whom it belongs is beaten, and has to stop.
Even Tarzan's immense strength, however, had no effect other than to break one of the rungs of the ladder against which he was pushing, nearly precipitating him to the floor below.
Then the cruel creatures laughed, and repeated what they had said the day before; but when Ferko continued to beg and beseech them, the eldest said at last, 'If you will let us put out one of your eyes and break one of your legs, then we will give you a bit of our bread.
Boylesports say host Tubs is 4/6 on to make a child cry tonight - whether it be tears of joy or not - and that he's 11/4 to break one of the toys on show.
You might break one of the latches inside the housing.
Break one egg into the hole and beat it into the mixture adding a drop of milk, a little at a time, until you have a batter that is a smooth dropping consistency.
A sport with a major steroids issue going on, a sport with a marquee player about to break one of its most hallowed records who might be indicted, and the powers that be in the commissioner's office have nothing better to do than regulate sausage racing?
I thought that if I could close one more deal, break one more record, trespass one more line, maybe I wouldn't walk around feeling like my colors were spilling out with no border to define them.
I didn't break one that day, but I've broken five boards in five days before.
Virgin Soldier, who runs at Chester, will be our sole representative and here again I break one of my strictest rules as he will be running from 3lb out of the handicap.
Anyone can break one in two by bending it, but try breaking one by pulling on the ends.
They found that these free radicals break one of the strands of DNA and that the DNA nick is such that it takes several enzymatic steps to repair the damage.