break the back of something

break the back of (something)

1. To quell something or destroy it altogether. This new initiative aims to break the back of the drug trade in our country.
2. To complete the most challenging part of a task or project. When you take the exam, you should break the back of the chemical equations first, since they give you the most trouble.
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break the back of something

1. If you break the back of a task, you deal with the main or most difficult parts of it. The new government hopes to have broken the back of the economic crisis by the middle of this year.
2. To break the back of something means to do something which will destroy or end it. They would all like to be known as the politician who broke the back of global poverty. The government made a big effort late last year to break the back of the black market.
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break the ˈback of something

finish the largest or most difficult part of a task: I won’t finish this report tonight but I’d like to break the back of it before I go to bed.
See also: back, break, of, something