make a break for it

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make a break for (someone or something)

1. To start running toward a place or person. As soon as I opened the door, my cat made a break for it and ran out into the yard. When they let us in the store, let's make a break for the sale rack before everyone else gets there.
2. To suddenly decide to pursue an opportunity. Tired of working for his boss, Jake made a break for it and started his own business.
See also: break, make

make a ˈbreak for it

(informal) try to escape from prison, etc: Six prisoners shot a guard and made a break for it in a stolen car.
See also: break, make