break (one's) word

(redirected from break our word)

break (one's) word

To fail to act as one has promised. Tom said he'd help us move, but he broke his word and failed to show. If you keep flaking out, you're going to become known as someone who breaks their word.
See also: break, word

break one's word

not to do what one said one would do; not to keep one's promise. (Compare this with keep one's word.) Don't say you'll visit your grandmother if you can't go. She hates people to break their word. If you break your word, she won't trust you again.
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break one's word

Violate or fail to observe a promise or contract one has made. For example, You can trust him implicitly; I've never known him to break his word. [c. a.d. 1000]
See also: break, word
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He added: 'Whatever has come before, we now have only two options: to keep our word or to break our word.
We will look at it now to see what we can do about it (Oliveira's contract), because there is a signed contract until 2004 and we do not want to break our word.
We will look at it now to see what we can do about it [Oliveira's contract], because there is a signed contract until 2004 and we do not want to break our word.