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break the cycle

To not participate in dysfunctional and/or unhealthy behavior. Often, such behavior is commonplace in one's family, and the person breaking the cycle does so to keep it from continuing through future generations. I don't drink at all because I come from a long line of alcoholics, and I am determined to break the cycle! You need to break the cycle of procrastination, Michael. It is seriously starting to affect your grades.
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slang A motorcycle, referring to the likelihood that the rider will get into a fatal accident, becoming an organ donor as a result. You know Mom thinks of motorcycles as donorcycles. She'll freak out if she sees you on one!
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n. a motorcycle. (Refers to the availability of donor organs after a motorcycle accident.) Guess what happens when you ride a donorcycle without a helmet?
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With internal combustion, the SC cycle is not constrained by the temperature limitations of the closed cycle.
Strong growth of leading world economies caused economists to start to look at business cycles in the category of deviation from a long-run trend (deviation cycles) rather than recessions (Zarnowitz, 1985).
Both groups of subjects were evaluated on the premenstrual symptoms at baseline and at the ends of the 3rd and the 6th cycles by using Women's Health Assessment questionnaire (WHAQ) which was prepared in self-report form.
The data from one complete molding cycle is collected with thermocouples and stored in the data logger.
However, what Tillman clearly understood was the particular sector he was operating in and how that sector would be affected not just by the business cycle but also by the highly related interest rate cycle and other factors such as the changing demographics.
The services they provide include learn to ride sessions, cycle maintenance, led rides and cycle hire.
The cyclists, who coordinate the route, time and place on WhatsApp, cycle at recently-built cycling tracks near the seaside, at the Al Johara Stadium, or anywhere where there isn't much traffic.
Brazil, July 6, 1995, 5th cycle, Cancer (Sheep), Pig
There isn't a lot happening on the sun right now, but scientists have long known that the amount of activity on the sun rises and falls in a cycle that lasts about 11 years.
This week, scientists announced that they have developed a new computer model for forecasting the frequency and strength of these solar storms, which tend to follow an 11-year cycle. The sun is currently near the low point of its activity.
It involves a grouping of four exercises for four cycles.
In southern Africa, rabies virus affects many host species, but rabies cycles are sustained by carnivore hosts (5,6), particularly by canine species (family Canidae), which are the focus of this paper, and by mongooses (family Herpestidae) (5,7), which will not be considered here.
CYCLING STOPS YOU DRINKING (and smoking) FURTHERMORE, a survey of nearly 10,000 cyclists by the UK's leading cycle to work provider Cyclescheme (, has found that cycling has a snowball effect on eating habits, alcohol consumption and tobacco intake - 48% said they eat healthier since taking up cycling to work, 29% said they'd drunk less alcohol, and 20% said they'd smoked less CYCLING MAKES YOU HAPPIER POSSIBLY as a result of this healthier lifestyle, combined with improved cardiovascular fitness, 42% of the people surveyed said they'd become ill less frequently since taking up a two-wheel commute.