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the breaks

Pieces of luck, turns of events, as in No matter how well he pitches, the team always makes fielding errors-that's the breaks, I guess , or There's not much you can do if the breaks are against you. In the singular and modified forms, this term becomes good or bad or lucky break . In the plural form, only the context determines its favorable or unfavorable meaning. [Slang; early 1900s] Also see tough break.
See also: break
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Although the magazine disagreed with some aspects of The Times' reporting, its editors conceded that some of the breaks given to religion may go too far.
They did (show up) a little bit, which was nice,'' Adam Kennedy said of the breaks after a game in which he delivered a career-high four hits.
Victories have been so hard to come by of late that manager Mike Scioscia refused to credit the breaks.
The "break committee," which was formed to look at this major productivity issue, concluded that the operators had no real visibility into the causes of the breaks.
Said Hudort "the causes of the breaks were mainly unknown.
Analysis of the break images disproved that theory.
The returns from the WRM system and the break improvement program have been dramatic, especially in the wet end and at the liquid application system.
Also, users can now enter the percentages of time cushioning the breaks so that workers will not break before 15 percent of their total shift's time is up, for example, and will not break after 80 percent of their shift has been completed.
In fact, meal breaks are now the focus of a major class-action lawsuit that sees Wal-Mart employees charging that their managers routinely deprived them of the breaks.
If your boss is aware that the breaks and interruptions are disruptive and dissatisfying, but he still persists in taking them, that is a bad sign.