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break faith with (someone or something)

To fail to act as one has promised. After promising so much, the candidate will be in danger of breaking faith with the many groups she courted on the campaign trail.
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break/keep ˈfaith with somebody

break/keep a promise that you have made to somebody; stop/continue being loyal to somebody: The government claims they have kept faith with the people by reducing the crime rate.
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Accepting this does not break faith with the fallen.
I am allowing a set of circumstances that break faith with the agreement that was sworn with every Canadian veteran, living or dead, regardless of when or where they served.
This week he warned that "if Congress were to unilaterally move to raise sanctions, it could break faith with those negotiations and actually stop them and break them apart.
The risk is that if Congress were to unilaterally move to raise sanctions, it could break faith with those negotiations and actually stop them and break them apart", Kerry said.
And we must not break faith with those who are risking their lives- on every continent, from Argentina to Nicaragua- to defy Soviet-support of aggression and secure rights which have been ours from birth.
How do you not break faith with the Institute's consensus model of decision-making while working to reconcile potentially irreconcilable positions, and how do you accomplish that without resorting to a vague, all-things-for-all-people, "lowest common denominator" approach?
The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
If ye break faith with us who die/ We shall not sleep, though poppies grow/ In Flanders fields.
To those of us with missing loved ones, there is a great deal of comfort knowing that the Air Force will never break faith with our POW/MIAs.
Short days ago/ We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow/ Loved, and were loved, and now we lie/ In Flanders' Fields/ Take up our quarrel with the foe/ To you from failing hands we throw/ The torch/ Be yours to hold it high/ If ye break faith with us who die/ We shall not sleep, though poppies grow/ In Flanders' Fields.
If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
The same principle is at the heart of Canada's military anthem, where we are bound to not break faith with soldiers who have died.
Feingold, who proposed several doomed amendments to the law, was the only senator to break faith with the parties and vote against the entire bill.
We seem to have found ourselves in third place," said a slightly surprised Trafalgar Road captain, Mark Fletcher, earlier in the campaign, as he adjusted to the rapid development of his young team and he will not break faith with his players over the winter.