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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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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.
On the other hand, those companies that used tax breaks the least--and paid the highest taxes--increased their capital spending by 21 percent and their workforce by 6 percent.
20 pupn - HALF PRICE on breaks starting Mar 23, Apr 23, Jun 8, 15, 18, 22, 25, Sep 24, 28, Oct 1, 5, 8, 12, 15.
95 pp per Summer break -Pass FREE on breaks starting Mar 16, Apr 16, Oct 12, Nov 2 -Pass HALF PRICE on breaks starting Apr 23, Oct 1, 5, 8, 15.
And you do not have to be paid for any of your rest breaks.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require that meal or rest breaks be given.
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.
The report estimated that 10,000 such students spent their spring break helping with the rebuilding effort.
Give the lenders a break so they don't break while doing checks and services, or when cleaning the excavator.
If we understand how things break, we can build tougher structures,' says mathematician Andrew L.
I got in the Spring Break spirit an the plane by slamming down a few 'Dews and reading the newest Maxim Stuff.
But instead of having two- and three-month summer vacations, students in year-round schools attend classes for 10 weeks and then take a 3-week break.
Almost all Oregon employees must receive rest breaks and meal periods, but employees excluded from the break requirements include agricultural workers, certain government workers, and workers exempt from minimum wage and overtime laws.
From a single tensile test, one can obtain stresses at desired elongations (typically 300%), elongation to break, and stress at break.