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 ?
And now I jist ask you, Mas'r, have I ever broke word to you, or gone contrary to you,
After French media broke word that Abdeslam's fingerprints had been found, police moved in and seized him.
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com/Buster_ESPN/status/15471363850502144) who broke word of the deal, and Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal (http://twitter.
After French media broke word of Abdeslam's fingerprints being found in the Forest flat, police moved in within three hours and seized the pair in minutes.