break against (something)

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break against (something)

To crash into something and fall apart or shatter. The wave broke against the rocks of the jetty. I dropped the vase, and it broke against the floor.
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break against something

[for something] to crash against something. The waves broke against the barrier. The glass broke against the side of the sink.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A few clouds broke against the last quarter of the moon, whose uncertain rays scarcely pierced the darkness.
Fogg, in order not to deviate from his course, furled his sails and increased the force of the steam; but the vessel's speed slackened, owing to the state of the sea, the long waves of which broke against the stern.
He now let go the sail, with the result that he was drifted toward the far shore, where are black shadows he knew not the dangers of, but suspected them, and so once more hoisted his night-gown and went roomer of the shadows until he caught a favouring wind, which bore him westward, but at so great a speed that he was like to be broke against the bridge.
When, however, he got within earshot, he began to hear the surf thundering up against the rocks, for the swell still broke against them with a terrific roar.
FALKIRK boss Peter Houston has vowed to gamble on goals by going for broke against Hibs.
That's why I want to see Gatland pick his strongest side, and Wales go for broke against England, as they would for a Six Nations encounter.
"The Croatia international midfielder was forced off with the injury in the first half of yesterday's draw at West Brom and will continue to be monitored prior to being made available for selection on Tuesday." The blow to his leg was in the same spot as the one he broke against Birmingham at the start of last season and ruled him out for several months.
The waves lost some of their force when they broke against the first tube and then lost even more energy as they broke against the second tube.
With the game on a knife edge, Ormesby broke against the run of play but Marton keeper Joe Shipp saved bravely at the feet of the visiting striker.
Brian Barwick has insisted England will go for broke against Croatia despite knowing the race for Euro 2008 qualification could already be effectively over.
"We can't go for broke against a team who are obviously superior to us in technical ability and in stature," Jones said.
Harriers have yet to learn whether centre-back Craig Hinton will be available after the operation on the nose he broke against Diamonds.
Whelan comes into a new look Wicklow side as manager Dave Foran goes for broke against the Midlanders.
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA maestro Juan Carlos Valeron insisted Celtic can cause an almighty Euro shock if they go for broke against unsteady Barcelona.