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break (someone)

To completely destroy, defeat, or humiliate someone. Don't cross me, man, I will break you. That upstart company thinks it can challenge our hold in the market? We'll just have to break them, without mercy.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.


a chance; another chance or a second chance. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I'm sorry. Please don't send me to the principal's office. Give me a break! I got a nice break. They didn't send me to prison.

break (up) (into something)

to divide into smaller parts. The glass broke up into a thousand pieces. It hit the floor and broke up, flinging bits everywhere.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. n. a chance; an opportunity. Come on, give me a break!
2. n. an escape from prison; a prison breakout. I hear there’s a break planned for tonight.
3. in. [for a news story] to unfold rapidly. (Journalism.) As the story continues to break, we will bring you the latest.
4. n. a solo played when the rest of the band stops. This is your break, Andy. Let’s hear it, man.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. To fall into disorder, as a formation of soldiers.
2. To fail to conform to a prevailing or expected pattern or order: "Architectural experts have criticized the plaza in the past because it breaks rank with the distinctive façades of neighboring Fifth Avenue blocks, whose buildings are flush with the sidewalk" (Sharon Churcher).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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PLANNING your family holiday but don't want to break the bank?
Beyond this, 'smoking breaks' in themselves aren't a legal entitlement and they cannot be claimed without the employer's consent.
As many as 40 per cent of respondents say they use these short breaks to lift a weight off their shoulders, ticking off a job from their 'to do' list, which had been distracting them or playing on their mind.
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Longer breaks are beneficial, but frequent shorter breaks are even better.
Master Instructor Aaron Doucet, who helped Master Jones with the seminar, said, “He had a perfect mix of understanding the technique but also understanding how much of the mental aspect it takes to break a brick.
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Offers are available from as little as EUR39 per person sharing (GAA B&B hotel break) and cover a broad range of holiday's including 4-star hotel breaks, holiday home breaks, bed & breakfast hotel deals and family breaks.
Q: My lease contains a scheduled break clause next year and I am thinking about exercising it.
A Regulation of lunch breaks revolves around state laws, which may mandate that lunch breaks are (or are not) paid.
A FORMER probation officer broke down as he told how he feared his wife would be killed by alleged murderer Daniel Breaks.
WARNER Leisure Hotels offers 15 new artistic and creative Experience breaks for 2008.
While traditional workplaces such as factories favoured more regimented breaks organised around shift patterns, today's offices enjoy much more flexible working arrangements.