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
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She was rather a favorite with `old Davis', as, of course, he was called, and it's my private belief that he would have broken his word if the indignation of one irrepressible young lady had not found vent in a hiss.
In an instant they stood before him; but the queen wept, and said he had broken his word, and bad luck would follow.
On another occasion he came almost completely to grief by flinging a whole dish of cutlets at an officer who was acting as steward, attacking him and, it was said, striking him for having broken his word and told a barefaced lie.
If I live, all would be changed; if I live, interest would be converted into doubt, pity into hostility; if I live I am only a man who his broken his word, failed in his engagements -- in fact, only a bankrupt.
He has broken his word and seized the opportunity I was mad and credulous enough to tell him of.
But Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said: "The former First Minister has broken his word to the Scottish people.
Alliance leader David Ford said it was "not the first time that Peter Robinson has broken his word, nor will it be the last, but now the Assembly will be left in limbo as we continue without a Speaker".
Schwarzenegger has broken his word to the people of California to end this state's crazy deficit spending and balance the budget,'' said Angelides, who is expected to challenge Schwarzenegger for governor in 2006 if he seeks re-election.
In a joint statement, Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks and manager Burley said: "It was not until we received a message at 2pm that we knew Kachloul had broken his word.
We had a verbal agreement with Simon that he wouldn't play against us and he has broken his word.
Fashanu, the former Wimbledon striker who is now Nigeria's sports ambassador, had claimed Kanu had broken his word but yesterday accepted he should play for Arsenal instead of travelling to Sydney.
He promised a sharp break with China in the wake of the unconscionable repression in June; by December he had broken his word and was suing for peace.
By revoking them prematurely," Visclosky said, "he (President Bush) has broken his word and stabbed American Steelworkers in the back.
The former Celtic chief executive is furious at the Italian's allegations that he had broken his word.
In a joint statement, manager George Burley and chairman David Sheepshanks revealed: "It was not until we received a message at 2pm this afternoon that we knew that Kachloul had broken his word.