break the back of (something)

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break the back of (something)

To quell something or destroy it altogether. This new initiative aims to break the back of the drug trade in our country.
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break the back of something

Fig. to end the domination of something; to reduce the power of something. The government has worked for years to break the back of organized crime. This new medicine should break the back of the epidemic.
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break the back of

Overpower, overcome; also, get through the hardest part of. For example, This new offense has broken the back of the opposing team, or We're well over halfway there; we've broken the back of this journey. [Mid-1800s]
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break the back of

1 accomplish the main or hardest part of a task. 2 overwhelm or defeat.
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