break the Internet

break the Internet

1. slang To post something on the Internet that triggers intense and widespread online interest and reaction. I can't believe that video of our puppy lounging on a pool float practically broke the Internet! Say what you will about Kim Kardashian, but she has at least one talent—breaking the Internet.
2. To disrupt an Internet connection. A: "Did you touch the router? Something's broken the Internet." B: "Oh, I must have jostled the router cords while I was vacuuming."
3. To overwhelm a web server so much that it crashes. Such a crash can be caused by a cyberattack or a large increase in traffic. Our site's down again. Hackers have been trying to break the Internet all weekend. The store's website has been unavailable since they announced their sale on Friday, when millions of people tried to access it simultaneously and broke the Internet.
4. To cause the Internet to stop working properly. You can't break the Internet, Grandpa, although clicking madly like that might cause some issues for your laptop.
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