break (one's) word

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break (one's) word

To fail to act as one has promised. Tom said he'd help us move, but he broke his word and failed to show. If you keep flaking out, you're going to become known as someone who breaks their word.
See also: break, word

break one's word

not to do what one said one would do; not to keep one's promise. (Compare this with keep one's word.) Don't say you'll visit your grandmother if you can't go. She hates people to break their word. If you break your word, she won't trust you again.
See also: break, word

break one's word

Violate or fail to observe a promise or contract one has made. For example, You can trust him implicitly; I've never known him to break his word. [c. a.d. 1000]
See also: break, word

keep/break your ˈword

do/fail to do what you have promised: Do you think she’ll break her word and tell everyone?
See also: break, keep, word
References in classic literature ?
Living, you would feel shame at my name; dead, you may raise your head and say, `I am the son of him you killed, because, for the first time, he has been compelled to break his word.
I remember Harry saying once that every man who turned himself into an amateur curate for the moment always began by saying that, and then proceeded to break his word.
Rooney has maintained that his retirement is for good and odds of 10/1 are available for the 32-yearold to break his word.
But when the PM is preparing to break his word on Heathrow's third runway he cannot have a transport secretary who might keep hers.
WHEN Brenda Seckerson was diagnosed with brain disease, her husband, Barry, promised she could die at home, holding his hand - now he fears he may have to break his word.
He has 15 months left on his contract at the club and would seem to remain determined not to break his word to chairman Mohamed Al Fayed after leading the club to promotion from the Second Division.
And while Hiddink insists he will not break his word to the Russian Federation and stay on at Chelsea, he believes he could be handing Carlo Ancelotti a team that has achieved something unprecedented in the club's history.
Larsson, whose 72nd-minute header was his third United goal, claimed he could not break his word to Helsingborgs.
It's not a cast-iron promise, so he can't break his word - as he did with the manifesto pledge to have a referendum on the issue in his first term of office.
He has 15 months left on his contract and said he was determined not to break his word to chairman Mohamed Al Fayed after leading them to the Second Division championship.