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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 ?
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.
She apprehended some mischief would happen to me from rude vulgar folks, who might squeeze me to death, or break one of my limbs by taking me in their hands.
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.
Acaylar led Perpetual to 10 men's titles and three women's titles but the school is on a five-year championship drought, a dry spell Carino hopes to break one step at a time.
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.
If it's fourth-and-1, he's going to get that yard, but he might break one for 80 yards, too.
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.
Jason Leonard has never been an avid record collector - even though he seems to break one most days.
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.