break (one's) word

(redirected from broken their word)

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
References in periodicals archive ?
The Government agreed to this and they appear to have broken their word.
Houthis have broken their word, but there are efforts to stop the issue dragging on.
Police who are perceived to have broken their word are referred to as "Bibi," in reference to current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Last summer angry councillors and residents said health chiefs at Kirklees PCT had broken their word as they had promised the site would be kept for community use as part of the 2003 deal to build the new Jos Lane centre.
If, however, having said Labour only, they then negotiate with the Tories, they will have broken their word and will pay the political price.
These three have broken their word," Schatz continued.