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get a break
1. To obtain or receive a fortuitous and beneficial opportunity. I finally got a break when a big Hollywood producer asked me to audition for a part in the movie.
2. To receive special treatment or a favorable deal, especially regarding a reduced price on something. Tenants in the city center will be getting a break on rental prices when the city council introduces a new rent-control scheme next year. You'll get a break on your car insurance if you don't get in any accidents while you're driving.
3. To obtain new information leading toward a solution to a given problem. The detectives finally got a break when an anonymous caller tipped them off to the kidnapper's location.
4. To get relief from some difficulty or problem(s). We're hoping to get a break from the drought with a little bit of rainfall this weekend. First, my car breaks down and then I lose my keys to the apartment—I just can't get a break today!
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get a break
Obtain a favorable opportunity; get special consideration or treatment. For example, The understudy finally got a break when the star became ill, or The new price is higher, but you are getting a break on service. [c. 1900] Also see give someone a break.
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.