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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
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They broke their word because once in government, it became clear the promises made in opposition were not realistic.
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We have drunk in rosy manifestos and raised not a whimper when successive administrations broke their word. This time I hope we study manifesto promises, vote according to them and bring all kinds of hell down on our elected representatives if they fail to keep their word.
The group's chairman, Andrew Murray, said:``There will be protests all over the country this weekend against the war,particularly targeting Labour MPs who broke their word to constituents never to support a war without UN authority.''
"West Ham broke their word after promising they would not make a move on Bernard and we are taking legal advice."
'Hearts agreed one thing with us, and then they reneged on the deal and broke their word.'
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Brown's spokesman later played down his remarks, but trade unions warned there could be strikes if ministers broke their word.
Chief executive Colin Hutchinson was livid that the European Cup winners broke their word on a deal for the Brazilian left-winger.
IRA warlords broke their word and tried to have supergrass Eamon Collins murdered just four weeks ago.
"They agreed they wouldn't, so when they broke their word Mr Prescott was annoyed.
They broke their word over tax at the last election.