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that's the breaks

There is nothing we can do about the way things have unfolded, especially bad ones, so there is no reason to be upset about it; that's just the way things are. I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, that's the breaks.
See also: break

them's the breaks

There is nothing we can do about the way things have unfolded, especially bad ones, so there is no reason to be upset about it; that's just the way things are. I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, them's the breaks.
See also: break

those are the breaks

There is nothing we can do about the way things have unfolded, especially bad ones, so there is no reason to be upset about it; that's just the way things are. I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, those are the breaks.
See also: break, those

hit the brakes

1. Literally, to quickly engage a vehicle's brakes to slow down or stop. He hit the brakes when he saw the child running into the street.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. We had to hit the brakes on development when we found out the investors were pulling out.
See also: brake, hit

put the brakes on (someone or something)

To slow, impede, or stop someone's or something's progress or activities. The recent economic downturn put the brakes on the government's plans for redeveloping the region's transportation system. They put the brakes on our department because they felt our criticism was too damaging to the company's image.
See also: brake, on, put

slam (on) the brake(s)

1. Literally, to quickly step on a vehicles brakes to slow down or stop. He slammed on the brakes when he saw the child running into the street. You risk doing your car serious damage if you slam the brake without shifting down the gears.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. We had to slam on the brakes when we found out investors were pulling out of the company.
See also: slam

jam (on) the brake(s)

1. Literally, to quickly step on a vehicles brakes to slow down or stop. He jammed on the brakes when he saw the child running into the street. You risk doing your car serious damage if you jam the brake without shifting down the gears.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. We had to jam on the brakes when we found out investors were pulling out of the company.
See also: jam

slam the brake(s) on

1. Literally, to quickly step on a vehicles brakes to slow down or stop. He slammed on the brakes when he saw the child running into the street. You risk doing your car serious damage if you slam the brake on without shifting down the gears.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. In this usage, the thing being stopped comes after "on." We had to slam the brakes on development when we found out the investors were pulling out.
See also: on, slam

jam the brake(s) on

1. Literally, to quickly step on a vehicles brakes to slow down or stop. He jammed on the brakes when he saw the child running into the street. You risk doing your car serious damage if you jam the brake on without shifting down the gears.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. In this usage, the thing being stopped comes after "on." We had to jam the brakes on development when we found out the investors were pulling out.
See also: jam, on

hit the brakes

 
1. Lit. to step on a vehicle's brakes hard and fast. I came around the curve too fast and had to hit the brakes immediately.
2. Fig. to stop [something]. The project seemed to be getting nowhere so we hit the brakes before too much more money was spent.
See also: brake, hit

jam the brakes on

to press down hard on a vehicle's brakes. Alice jammed the brakes on and the car skidded all over the place. She jammed on the brakes.
See also: brake, jam, on

put the brakes on someone

Fig. to block someone's activities; to cause someone to stop doing something. (Based on put the brakes on something.) The boss put the brakes on Gerald, who was trying too aggressively to get promoted. We are going to have to put the brakes on you if you make any more difficulties.
See also: brake, on, put

put the brakes on something

to halt or impede some process. The manager had to put the brakes on the Wilson project due to lack of funds. We will put the brakes on this project because it is costing too much money.
See also: brake, on, put

slam the brakes on

to push on a vehicle's brakes suddenly and hard. (The can be replaced by a possessive pronoun.) The driver in front of me slammed her brakes on and I nearly ran into her. Don't slam on your brakes when the road is wet.
See also: brake, on, slam

put the brakes on something

If someone or something puts the brakes on or puts the brakes on something, it causes a process or activity to slow down or stop. He put the brakes on his social life and concentrated on his work. The company needs to put the brakes on and slow things down. Note: You can also say that someone or something puts on the brakes. I was ready to make an offer on the house, until my wife put on the brakes.
See also: brake, on, put, something

that's the breaks

or

them's the breaks

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say that's the breaks or them's the breaks to mean that this is the way life is and there is nothing you can do about it. Some days you don't play so well, but that's the breaks.
See also: break

that's (or them's) the breaks

that's the way things turn out (used to express resigned acceptance of a situation). North American informal
See also: break

jam on the ˈbrake(s)

,

jam the ˈbrake(s) on

make a vehicle stop very suddenly by operating the brakes with force: The car skidded as he jammed on the brakes.
See also: brake, jam, on
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Automotive braking system market is quite competitive in nature with several multinational companies facing remarkable competition from regional manufacturers.
In [5], the authors conducted a research on braking performance in emergency braking, where the HB system generates a stable pressure which is equal to the required torque, and the RB system is used as an auxiliary system to improve the dynamic characteristics of the braking system.
Certification of braking systems involves a calculation as to the heat energy that has to be created to stop the airplane in slightly over 10 seconds.
Braking systems are actuated by brake fluid under pressure created by applying the foot-brake pedal.
There is rarely a good reason to use heavy, if any, braking during the landing rollout if the approach is made at the recommended airspeed to a runway appropriately long for the aircraft.
Hence all five conveyor drives are equipped with programmable SOBO V3 braking controllers, where the operator can program stopping time and other functions on site.
State and federal investigators said they still don't know precisely what caused the incident, but they are focusing on the train's braking and cable system.
If in fact a braking action follows the release of the gas pedal, then the brake light remains on until the brake pedal is released.
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Regenerative braking has been widely accepted as a feasible option to extend the mileage of electric vehicles (EVs) by recapturing the vehicle's kinetic energy instead of dissipating it as heat during braking.
The focus in hydraulic brake systems is on short braking distances, durability and comfort.
The brake lines are connected to brake calipers or brake shoe wheel cylinders, causing increased friction on the brake drum or rotor, resulting in vehicle braking.
This is the worrying claim of car care company Comma, whose research found that half of all motorists had defective braking systems.