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break away

1. Literally, to escape from physical restraints. The robber had tied me to a chair, but I was able to break away and flee the house. I had to chase my dog down the street after he broke away during our walk.
2. By extension, to move away or separate from someone or something. I'm starting to break away from the religious tradition I was raised in. That 10-game win streak really helped them to break away from the other teams in the conference. Ultimately, she had to break away from her family and their dysfunctional ways in order to be healthy.
3. To leave or stop a particular activity. I know you have to finish this paper, but can you break away for a bit and talk to your grandparents?
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break something away (from something)

to break a part or piece of something away from the whole. She broke a bit away and popped it into her mouth. Todd broke away a piece from the bar of candy.
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break away

 (from someone) and break free (from someone); break loose (from someone)
1. Lit. to get free of the physical hold of someone. I tried to break away from him, but he was holding me too tight. She broke free from him, at last. I broke free from the intruder.
2. Fig. to sever a relationship with another person, especially the parent-child relationship. He found it hard to break away from his mother. She was almost thirty before she finally broke free.
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break away

1. Leave hurriedly, escape, get loose. For example, The boy tried to break away, but his mother held onto his coat, or On the last lap the horse broke away from the pack. [First half of 1500s]
2. Sever connections with a group. For example, It was hard for me to break away from that organization, but I knew it was necessary.
3. Stop doing something, as in She broke away from work long enough to go out for lunch.
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break away

v.
1. To separate or detach something in order to clear a space: It was easier to dig through the snow once we had broken the icy crust away.
2. To separate or detach oneself: Our politics began to change, so we broke away from the political party we had belonged to. The ice on the shore began to break away once the weather got warmer.
3. To move rapidly away from or ahead of a group: The cyclist broke away from the pack and was soon very far ahead.
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If we were voting for breaking away from Los Angeles 25 years ago, we would say yes to secession, but with the way our world is today and having Sept.
Under Calemine's latest plan, a Valley city would pay $128 million in alimony to Los Angeles in the first year after breaking away, up from an earlier estimate of $55.
Angered over the handling of City Council redistricting and other issues, the head of the Van Nuys Homeowners Association said Friday he wants Van Nuys to form its own city, even possibly breaking away from a new San Fernando Valley city if one is formed.
Formula One organizing body FIA this year began requiring teams to install a tether to keep wheels and suspensions from breaking away from the car.
I ask you to look carefully to see if the answer is breaking away.
SO we learn too late that the real issue isn't the San Fernando Valley breaking away from Los Angeles - it's Los Angeles breaking away from the United States.
If a majority of voters in the Valley and citywide support cityhood at the polls, the council would ask LAFCO to study the financial impact of the Valley breaking away, after which another binding ballot measure would allow voters to either approve or reject the cityhood proposal.
This, of course, now prompts the question to our wonderful, caring, responsive, fair, and concerned Los Angeles City Council: What are you now going to do to convince the people of the San Fernando Valley, and other areas interested in breaking away, to stay a part of Los Angeles?