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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
References in classic literature ?
There, in the back street he found one, the Break of Day.
The landlady having given her directions for the new guest's entertainment to her husband, who acted as cook to the Break of Day, had resumed her needlework behind her counter.
Even the two players at dominoes glanced up from their game, as if to protest against philosophical philanthropy being brought by name into the Break of Day.
The landlady's lively speech was received with greater favour at the Break of Day, than it would have elicited from certain amiable whitewashers of the class she so unreasonably objected to, nearer Great Britain.
If your philosophical philanthropy,' said the landlady, putting down her work, and rising to take the stranger's soup from her husband, who appeared with it at a side door, 'puts anybody at the mercy of such people by holding terms with them at all, in words or deeds, or both, take it away from the Break of Day, for it isn't worth a sou.
The company might have had other engagements, or they might have felt their inferiority, but in any case they dispersed by degrees, and not being replaced by other company, left their new patron in possession of the Break of Day.
The landlady of the Break of Day looked at him again, and felt almost confirmed in her last decision.
This the landlady of the Break of Day chirpingly explained, calling between whiles, 'Hola, my husband
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.
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.