make a break for (someone or something)(redirected from make a break for something)
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.
make a break for someone or something
Fig. to run suddenly toward someone or something; to seize an opportunity to run toward someone or something. The crook made a break for the cop in order to get his gun. Max made a break for the door.
make a break for
Also, make a run for. Run toward something. For example, As soon as it ended, they made a break for the door, or I'll have to make a run for the plane. The noun break here means "escape," and both terms may be put as make a break or run for it , meaning "to escape or get away quickly." For example, With the guards asleep, he decided to make a break for it, or The rain's stopped; let's make a run for it. [c. 1840]