break (one's) word

(redirected from break their word)

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.
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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
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Five residents taken to county court have signed undertakings not to cause anti-social behaviour and face prison if they break their word.
The summit has not convinced everyone but the club has now made big promises about the future and if they break their word it could leave Zola's position in doubt.
WHY are the Liberal Democrats planning to break their word over the European Union Reform Treaty?
They'd rather break their word than break City Hall's corrupt culture.
ATR does everything possible to make life hell for candidates who refuse to sign or who, having signed, break their word.
I am not asking anyone to break their word, I am not asking anyone to betray anything.