break (one's) word

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break (one's) word

To fail to act as one has promised. Tom said he'd help us move, but he broke his word and failed to show. If you keep flaking out, you're going to become known as someone who breaks their word.
See also: break, word

break one's word

not to do what one said one would do; not to keep one's promise. (Compare this with keep one's word.) Don't say you'll visit your grandmother if you can't go. She hates people to break their word. If you break your word, she won't trust you again.
See also: break, word

break one's word

Violate or fail to observe a promise or contract one has made. For example, You can trust him implicitly; I've never known him to break his word. [c. a.d. 1000]
See also: break, word

keep/break your ˈword

do/fail to do what you have promised: Do you think she’ll break her word and tell everyone?
See also: break, keep, word
References in classic literature ?
"Telemachus," said she, "if you are made of the same stuff as your father you will be neither fool nor coward henceforward, for Ulysses never broke his word nor left his work half done.
He accused the jail boss of telling a "porky" several times, saying he broke his word by not releasing snaps to his bride.
Weeks ago, McCaul said Cruz "broke his word" by declining to endorse presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.
Augustus' legislative and community work experience, didn't care if he broke his word, as long as they had him working for them.
He also broke his word. Folz himself had said he would talk to the unions prior to any decision being made.
So he also broke his word as well, something which those who are opposed to his re-entry into the Labour Pa rty are at pains to point out.
He broke his word. So when they say they have no plans to extend VAT to food, you only need to look at the Tory record to be doubtful.
Lennon also claimed Kyle Lafferty broke his word when he snubbed talks to sign for bitter rivals Hearts.
McCaul, Stepping Up Criticism, Says Cruz "Broke His Word" on Trump, by Patrick Svitek - U.S.
And it comes after he broke his word on other election pledges including knife crime, support for pupils and child benefit.
In the past, I have strongly opposed this move, because the one-time Leftie shamelessly broke his word not to stand against the official Labour candidate for the London mayoralty.
Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair's official spokesman said Britain would be seeking a tough, new Security Council resolution giving the UN the right to respond "by whatever means necessary" if the Iraqi dictator broke his word.
Less than a year later, he broke his word - and pensioners across Scotland have been paying the price ever since.
Incensed McCann made the pledge after announcing he was to sue the footballer over claims he broke his word on promises to re-negotiate the Parkhead hero's contract.