break 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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A new set of materials for teaching reading includes activities that break words down into letter and sound pairings, while also showing how to combine those sounds to form words.
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Hyphens are also used to break words at the end of a line.
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"Each child in my program is taught to break words down," says Pastor Archer.
I will break words up the way I'd split a flint I will grind words down like marble, like pigments So their dust rises to the nostrils of the god Fine-ground as flour for our daily bread Or powder on the cheeks of beautiful And less beautiful women, butterflies' pollen, salt Of the spindrift piercing the doors of the sea Like the air where a billion lightbulbs palpitate Like the grain of time burst in the hourglass I will set free those atoms of speech before Words themselves break me up, grind me down, Burn me to ash, scatter me, bury me
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