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break away

1. Literally, to escape from physical restraints. The robber had tied me to a chair, but I was able to break away and flee the house. I had to chase my dog down the street after he broke away during our walk.
2. By extension, to move away or separate from someone or something. I'm starting to break away from the religious tradition I was raised in. That 10-game win streak really helped them to break away from the other teams in the conference. Ultimately, she had to break away from her family and their dysfunctional ways in order to be healthy.
3. To leave or stop a particular activity. I know you have to finish this paper, but can you break away for a bit and talk to your grandparents?
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break something away (from something)

to break a part or piece of something away from the whole. She broke a bit away and popped it into her mouth. Todd broke away a piece from the bar of candy.
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break away

 (from someone) and break free (from someone); break loose (from someone)
1. Lit. to get free of the physical hold of someone. I tried to break away from him, but he was holding me too tight. She broke free from him, at last. I broke free from the intruder.
2. Fig. to sever a relationship with another person, especially the parent-child relationship. He found it hard to break away from his mother. She was almost thirty before she finally broke free.
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break away

1. Leave hurriedly, escape, get loose. For example, The boy tried to break away, but his mother held onto his coat, or On the last lap the horse broke away from the pack. [First half of 1500s]
2. Sever connections with a group. For example, It was hard for me to break away from that organization, but I knew it was necessary.
3. Stop doing something, as in She broke away from work long enough to go out for lunch.
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break away

v.
1. To separate or detach something in order to clear a space: It was easier to dig through the snow once we had broken the icy crust away.
2. To separate or detach oneself: Our politics began to change, so we broke away from the political party we had belonged to. The ice on the shore began to break away once the weather got warmer.
3. To move rapidly away from or ahead of a group: The cyclist broke away from the pack and was soon very far ahead.
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Throughout the year, LAN Airlines and its affiliates -- LAN Peru, LAN Ecuador and LAN Argentina -- with the assistance of Break Away, will bring students to Argentina, Peru, Chile and Ecuador.
Yes it is a long break away from the Commons," he said, "but I can assure my constituents that I will be using it wisely.
Icaza, also manager of the United Food and Commercial Workers local that voted to break away from the national AFL-CIO, has kept his post as president of the County Federation.
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said Fleming, a former California Transportation Commission member who headed the Valley Interim Joint Powers Authority that sought to break away from the MTA last year.
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In its fight to break away from the LAUSD, school secessionists had to contend not only with the powerful United Teachers Los Angeles union, but also with the district and city of Los Angeles.
BULL is the story of a team of investment bankers and traders who rock Wall Street when they break away from an established financial firm to start their own company.
It appeared the woman tried to break away from the suspect,'' and security guards also tried to help the woman, Lee said.
BULL is the story of six ambitious investment bankers and traders who rock Wall Street when they break away from an established financial firm to start their own company.
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