break the back of (something)

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break the back of (something)

1. To quell something or destroy it altogether. This new initiative aims to break the back of the drug trade in our country.
2. To complete the most challenging part of a task or project. When you take the exam, you should break the back of the chemical equations first, since they give you the most trouble.
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break the back of something

Fig. to end the domination of something; to reduce the power of something. The government has worked for years to break the back of organized crime. This new medicine should break the back of the epidemic.
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break the back of

Overpower, overcome; also, get through the hardest part of. For example, This new offense has broken the back of the opposing team, or We're well over halfway there; we've broken the back of this journey. [Mid-1800s]
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break the back of something

1. If you break the back of a task, you deal with the main or most difficult parts of it. The new government hopes to have broken the back of the economic crisis by the middle of this year.
2. To break the back of something means to do something which will destroy or end it. They would all like to be known as the politician who broke the back of global poverty. The government made a big effort late last year to break the back of the black market.
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break the back of

1 accomplish the main or hardest part of a task. 2 overwhelm or defeat.
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break the ˈback of something

finish the largest or most difficult part of a task: I won’t finish this report tonight but I’d like to break the back of it before I go to bed.
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Addressing a public meeting near Narowal, he said Pakistan has broken the back of terrorists, reported Radio Pakistan .
Singh said the tax reform broken the back of small businesses.
This twin (demonetisation and GST) blow is complete disaster for our economy, it has broken the back of our small businesses," Dr.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Interior, Ahsan Iqbal on Friday said Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in war against terrorism and its valiant forces have broken the back of terrorists.
Expressing his condolences over the loss of lives in Saturday's terror incident at a shrine in Hub, he said the operation Zarb-e-Azb had broken the back of terrorists with countless sacrifices by the personnel of armed forces.
PM Nawaz said the APS tragedy shook the entire nation, adding that Operation Zarb-i-Azb has broken the back of terrorists and the day is not far when terrorism will be completely eliminated.
The US envoy to Kabul Zalmay Khalilzad, says the government has broken the back of the country's abusive provincial strongmen but concedes they will still influence voters in next week's Presidential election.
Corps Commander said the security forces have broken the back of militants.
LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that armed forces have broken the back of terrorists after they launched operation Zarb-e-Azb.