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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.
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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).
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Entertainment Pass PS5 pp per Spring/Autumn break, PS6 pp per Summer break - Pass FREE on breaks starting Mar 2, May 7, Jun 11, 18, Sep 24, Oct 5, Nov 2, 9 - Pass HALF PRICE on breaks starting May 14.
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Workers that are not entitled to the rest breaks outlined above include: | The armed forces, emergency services or police when they're dealing with an exceptional catastrophe or disaster | A job where they freely choose what hours they work (like a managing director) or where the work is not measured (ie no set hours) | Sea transport | | Air or road transport (known as 'mobile' workers)
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Your break option may also depend on certain conditions, which can include all rents being fully paid up to the break date.
Be aware, however, that some state laws do require compensable work breaks for employees, and unions will often negotiate these periods as a part of the collective-bargaining contract.
But when it comes to how we spend our breaks, it seems people in the region are a sociable bunch who make the most of their time.
Religious organizations got many of these breaks by lobbying for them, and The Times quoted experts who pointed out that in most cases, Congress and state lawmakers were only too happy to acquiesce to the demands of lobbyists representing religious interests.
I then start working a breaking ball that starts in the middle of the plate and breaks outside the zone.
Even when they didn't score, the Angels received some breaks.
This month, they are being joined by hundreds of college students spending spring break here and on Mississippi's Gulf Coast.
By producing cellulose-digesting enzymes, this fungus breaks down logs in the forest and causes "jungle rot," which ruins tents and other fabrics in the tropics.
All that weight breaks the canister's bracket--not good
We ended up, at the end of a couple of hours, with broken spaghetti all over the kitchen and no real good theory about why spaghetti breaks in three," Hillis recalls, as quoted in the book No Ordinary Genius by Christopher Sykes (1994, W.
This higher level of % cure for the HST indicates a more efficient AKD-to-fiber attachment that resulted in less sheet slip and fewer breaks for hyrolyzate deposits.