break of

break (one) of (something)

To stop one from doing a habitual action or activity. I was able to break my sister of biting her nails by regularly taking her to get a manicure with me. I need to learn how to break a toddler of tantrums because they are a common occurrence in our house these days.
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break someone or something of something

to cause someone or something to stop practicing a habit. We worked hard to break the dog of making a mess on the carpet. I don't think I can break her of the habit. Tom broke himself of biting his nails.
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In the Veterans League matches Lomax recorded a break of 27 on his way to defeating John Moorhouse of Crosland Moor Con A.
Both John Bastow of Meltham Lib E and Richard Steer of Berry Brow Lib A had a 27, Allan Cawtheray of Honley Con, Richard Gee of Berry Brow Lib A and Nicholas Hill of Meltham Lib B had a break of 28, although Nicholas had a 27 as well.
The consideration is the payment by Lucky Break of Savanna's cost of a recently completed low-level airborne magnetic survey ($50,000), plus the issuance on July 19, 1994 of 100,000 common shares.
The 69-inch reinforced concrete pipeline was buried 25 feet below the surface, but a break of undetermined cause blew pieces of concrete to the surface.
In the Veterans Snooker matches Billy Keenan, of Marsh Lib C, notched a break of 30 as he beat David Simmons, of Marsh Utd BC A, in a match that Marsh Lib C won 2-1.
However, the highest break of the latest round of fixtures was from Rob Armitage, of Marsh Lib A, who made a superb 86 break but still lost to Gordon Bennett, of Upper Hopton B, in a match won 2-1 by Hopton.
and the spike to $150 plus and now a break of the even number of
on any break of $80, we would lean on it with call options for
Navarre (Nasdaq: NAVR) (10 3/4) a break of $5 and we will