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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.
See also: break, faith

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.
See also: break, faith, keep, somebody
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But, May will tell MPs on Monday: "Let us not break faith with the
But keeping faith with climate alarmists will break faith with taxpayers and consumers.
With me you get the real deal, and I refuse to break faith with my audience.
If a general-fund budget shortfall appeared two or three years from now, would the city break faith with voters by asking libraries to absorb their share of the cuts?
Might we not wonder exactly what WW1 soldier poet John McCrae meant by: 'If ye break faith with us who die'?
Written in the voice of those who fell at Ypres, it declares, "Take up our quarrel with the foe / To you from failing hands we throw the torch / If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep." This reasoning has been used to sustain bloodshed in many nations and contexts.
"If for some reason we took a position now in the 21st century, when some of our adversaries may not be traditional state actors, that we would not do our utmost to bring our prisoners of war home, that would break faith with the American people and with the men and women who serve in uniform," she said.
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 report said the government of President Hassan Rouhani is serious about an arrangement with the West, and reminded that the recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency has stated that Iran has already started confidence-building measures.
"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.
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.
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.
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."