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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If, however, having said Labour only, they then negotiate with the Tories, they will have broken their word and will pay the political price.
I am a man of my word and I will not break it, not like some people and clubs who have broken their words given to me."