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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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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.


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.


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).
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Both John Bastow of Meltham Lib E and Richard Steer of Berry Brow Lib A had a 27, Allan Cawtheray of Honley Con, Richard Gee of Berry Brow Lib A and Nicholas Hill of Meltham Lib B had a break of 28, although Nicholas had a 27 as well.
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These long breaks are still being taken mainly by students, with 25% of students aged 18 and over saying they are currently planning such a break and 8% of the population overall intending to take some extended time off.
The tenant must have left the property, ensuring the building is vacant of all goods on the break date.
This can get complicated when statutory language does not distinguish between short breaks and meal breaks, and provides a total minimum time, as the line between breaks that would be paid under federal law (as a matter of policy) only when company policy and those that must be given breaks but are unpaid under state law can be blurry.
Dr Paul Flaxman, an occupational health psychologist, said: "Short breaks are the perfect tonic to give workers a break from their desk and unload some of the pressures they face".
The benefits, breaks and exemptions have become so extensive that one analyst said they threaten the separation of church and state.
I then start working a breaking ball that starts in the middle of the plate and breaks outside the zone.
The annual tradition for college students called spring break sends shudders down the spines of concerned parents as well as the beleaguered local residents of such beach side communities as Panama City, Florida, and Padre Island, Texas.
When tiny organisms such as yeast break down sugars to obtain energy, they produce ethanol.
Second, a break means you could fall off the fender and hurt yourself.
We ended up, at the end of a couple of hours, with broken spaghetti all over the kitchen and no real good theory about why spaghetti breaks in three," Hillis recalls, as quoted in the book No Ordinary Genius by Christopher Sykes (1994, W.
This higher level of % cure for the HST indicates a more efficient AKD-to-fiber attachment that resulted in less sheet slip and fewer breaks for hyrolyzate deposits.