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A specific issue or thing that will cause an agreement, deal, or relationship to fail or be terminated. He told me he never wanted to have kids, which is a dealbreaker for me, so we decided to end the relationship then and there. The insurgency's insistence on maintaining a political presence was a dealbreaker for the truce negotiations.

a ball-breaker

Someone who deliberately gives others a hard time, is very demanding, or is insulting. Can be considered vulgar slang. John's boss, Mark, is quite the ball-breaker. After completing the project ahead of time and under budget, Mark ordered John to work through the weekend to finish up other meaningless tasks.


and ball-buster
1. n. a difficult task; a difficult or trying situation requiring extremely hard work or effort. (Usually objectionable.) That whole construction job was a real ball-breaker. Why should moving furniture end up being such a ball-buster?
2. n. a hard taskmaster; a hard-to-please boss. (Usually objectionable.) Tom gets a day’s work for a day’s pay out of his men, but he’s no ball-breaker. My boss is a ball-buster, but he pays well.
3. n. a female who is threatening to males. (Usually objectionable.) Mrs. Samuels has a terrible reputation as a “ball-breaker.” Wholly deserved, I might add.


1. n. a break dancer. (Break dancing is a rhythmic and energetic impromptu performance usually done by untrained urban youths.) He is one of the best breakers in the city.
2. n. someone attempting to use a citizens band radio channel. There’s a breaker trying to use this channel. Let’s drop down to eleven.
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A two-in-one"piggy-back" circuit breaker has two breakers in the space of one (Fig.
Engineered site assessment for proper positioning of boom selection, breaker size selection and safe working range assurance.
For this work, RFC used a combination of RX26, RX46 and RX54 breakers to excavate to a width of six to 10 metres and depth of four to 10 metres, and complete 2.
In fact, a criticism on China's circuit breaker is that the range is too narrow (5 percent and 7 percent), which can lead to a massive sell-off.
We believe that, along with the new trading regulations introduced in the second half of 2010 as a result of the cooperation of the ISE and the CMB, the ISE Automatic Circuit Breaker System constitutes a milestone in efficient market surveillance," the ISE said in a statement on its website.
Coordinate with the ISIC to replace any circuit breakers that have not been repaired.
So test each and every breaker to make sure it's really dead (see Photo 2).
The South African low voltage circuit breakers market has witnessed significant growth since 2006, driven by an increase in investment within the metals, minerals and mining, construction and power generation industries.
Therefore, higher level circuit breaker is also a circuit breaker with a higher rated current and lower level circuit breaker is a circuit breaker with a lower rated current.
A good breaker is designed to protect its major components from any damage," says Rich Eliott, hydraulic applications manager for Atlas Copco Construction Tools LLC, Westfield, Mass.
Breaker, the chemical biologist at Yale University whose team gave riboswitches their name.
By definition, a circuit breaker is a means of automatically opening a circuit at a specified level of overcurrent, on either an overload or a short-circuit condition.
Most of the chapters in The Dew Breaker have been previously published in magazines and anthologies.
The end of the design process is not the time to discover there isn't enough room for the breaker or that the environmental conditions are unsuitable for a standard circuit breaker.
E-T-A Circuit Protection and Control has introduced a remotely resettable version of the ESS20, an electronic circuit breaker system designed to protect individual circuits connected to a power supply.