to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces or fragments:
He broke a vase.
to infringe, ignore, or act contrary to (a law, rule, promise, etc.):
She broke her promise.
to dissolve or annul (often followed by off):
to break off friendly relations with another country.
to fracture a bone of (some part of the body):
He broke his leg.
to lacerate; wound:
to break the skin.
to destroy or interrupt the regularity, uniformity, continuity, or arrangement of; interrupt:
The bleating of a foghorn broke the silence. The troops broke formation.
to put an end to; overcome; stop:
His touchdown run broke the tie. She found it hard to break the cigarette habit.
to discover the system, key, method, etc., for decoding or deciphering (a cryptogram), especially by the methods of cryptanalysis.
to remove a part from (a set or collection):
She had to break the set to sell me the two red ones I wanted.
to exchange for or divide into smaller units or components:
She broke a dollar bill into change. The prism broke the light into all the colors of the rainbow.
to make a way through; penetrate:
The stone broke the surface of the water.

to open or force one’s way into (a dwelling, store, etc.).
to contest (a will) successfully by judicial action.

to make one’s way out of, especially by force:
to break jail.
to better (a given score or record):
He never broke 200 in bowling or 80 in golf.
to disclose or divulge personally in speech or writing:
He broke the good news to her at dinner.
to solve:
The police needed only a week to break that case.
to rupture (a blood vessel):
She almost broke a blood vessel from laughing so hard.
to disable or destroy by or as if by shattering or crushing:
to break a watch.
to cause (a blister, boil, or the like) to burst, as by puncturing:
She broke the blister with a needle.
to ruin financially; make bankrupt:
They threatened to break him if he didn’t stop discounting their products.
to overcome or wear down the spirit, strength, or resistance of; to cause to yield, especially under pressure, torture, or the like:
They broke him by the threat of blackmail.
to dismiss or reduce in rank.
to impair or weaken the power, effect, or intensity of:
His arm broke the blow.
to train to obedience; tame:
to break a horse.
to train away from a habit or practice (usually followed by of).
Electricity. to render (a circuit) incomplete; stop the flow of (a current).

to release (a story) for publication or airing on radio or television:
They will break the story tomorrow.
to continue (a story or article) on another page, especially when the page is not the following one.

Pool. to cause (racked billiard balls) to scatter by striking with the cue ball.

(of a pitcher, bowler, etc.) to hurl (a ball) in such a way as to cause it to change direction after leaving the hand:
He broke a curve over the plate for a strike.
(in tennis and other racket games) to score frequently or win against (an opponent’s serve).

Nautical. to unfurl (a flag) suddenly by an easily released knot.
to prove the falsity or show the lack of logic of:
The FBI broke his alibi by proving he knew how to shoot a pistol.
to begin or initiate (a plan or campaign), especially with much publicity:
They were going to break the sales campaign with a parade in April.
to open the breech or action of (a shotgun, rifle, or revolver), as by snapping open the hinge between the barrel and the butt.
to shatter, burst, or become broken; separate into parts or fragments, especially suddenly and violently:
The glass broke on the floor.
to become suddenly discontinuous or interrupted; stop abruptly:
She pulled too hard and the string broke.
to become detached, separated, or disassociated (usually followed by away, off, or from):
The knob broke off in his hand.
to become inoperative or to malfunction, as through wear or damage:
The television set broke this afternoon.
to begin suddenly or violently or change abruptly into something else:
War broke over Europe.
to begin uttering a sound or series of sounds or to be uttered suddenly:
She broke into song. When they entered, a cheer broke from the audience.
to express or start to express an emotion or mood:
His face broke into a smile.
to free oneself or escape suddenly, as from restraint or dependency (often followed by away):
He broke away from the arresting officer. She finally broke away from her parents and got an apartment of her own.
to run or dash toward something suddenly (usually followed by for):
The pass receiver broke for the goal line.
to force a way (usually followed by in, into, or through):
The hunters broke through the underbrush.
to burst or rupture:
A blood vessel broke in his nose. The blister broke when he pricked it.
to interrupt or halt an activity (usually followed by in, into, forth, or from):
Don’t break in on the conversation. Let’s break for lunch.
to appear or arrive suddenly (usually followed by in, into, or out):
A deer broke into the clearing. A rash broke out on her arm.
to dawn:
The day broke hot and sultry.
to begin violently and suddenly:
The storm broke.
(of a storm, foul weather, etc.) to cease:
The weather broke after a week, and we were able to sail for home.
to part the surface of water, as a jumping fish or surfacing submarine.
to give way or fail, as health, strength, or spirit; collapse:
After years of hardship and worry, his health broke.
to yield or submit to pressure, torture, or the like:
He broke under questioning.
(of the heart) to be overwhelmed with sorrow:
Her heart broke when he told her that he no longer loved her.
(of the voice or a musical instrument) to change harshly from one register or pitch to another:
After his voice broke, he could no longer sing soprano parts.
(of the voice) to cease, waver, or change tone abruptly, especially from emotional strain:
His voice broke when he mentioned her name.
(of value or prices) to drop sharply and considerably.
to disperse or collapse by colliding with something:
The waves broke on the shore.
to break dance.
(of a horse in a harness race) to fail to keep to a trot or pace, as by starting to gallop.
Botany. to mutate; sport.
Linguistics. to undergo breaking.
Billiards, Pool. to make a break; take the first turn in a game.
Sports. (of a pitched or bowled ball) to change direction:
The ball broke over the plate.
Horse Racing, Track. to leave the starting point:
The horses broke fast from the gate.
Boxing. to step back or separate from a clinch:
The fighters fell into a clinch and broke on the referee’s order.
to take place; occur.
Journalism. to become known, published, or aired:
The story broke in the morning papers.
Horticulture. to produce flowers or leaves.
an act or instance of breaking; disruption or separation of parts; fracture; rupture:
There was a break in the window.
an opening made by breaking; gap:
The break in the wall had not been repaired.
a rush away from a place; an attempt to escape:
a break for freedom.
a sudden dash or rush, as toward something:
When the rain lessened, I made a break for home.
a suspension of or sudden rupture in friendly relations.
an interruption of continuity; departure from or rupture with:
Abstract painters made a break with the traditions of the past.
an abrupt or marked change, as in sound or direction, or a brief pause:
They noticed a curious break in his voice.

an opportunity or stroke of fortune, especially a lucky one.
a chance to improve one’s lot, especially one unlooked for or undeserved.

the breaks, Informal. the way things happen; fate:
Sorry to hear about your bad luck, but I guess those are the breaks.
a brief rest, as from work:
The actors took a ten-minute break from rehearsal.
Radio, Television. a brief, scheduled interruption of a program or broadcasting period for the announcement of advertising or station identification.
Prosody. a pause or caesura.
Jazz. a solo passage, usually of from 2 to 12 bars, during which the rest of the instruments are silent.
Music. the point in the scale where the quality of voice of one register changes to that of another, as from chest to head.
break dancing.
a sharp and considerable drop in the prices of stock issues.
Electricity. an opening or discontinuity in a circuit.

one or more blank lines between two paragraphs.
breaks, suspension points.

the place, after a letter, where a word is or may be divided at the end of a line.
a collapse of health, strength, or spirit; breakdown.
Informal. an indiscreet or awkward remark or action; social blunder; faux pas.
Billiards, Pool. a series of successful strokes; run.
Pool. the opening play, in which the cue ball is shot to scatter the balls.
Sports. a change in direction of a pitched or bowled ball.
Horse Racing, Track. the start of a race.
(in harness racing) an act or instance of a horse’s changing from a trot or pace into a gallop or other step.
Bowling. a failure to knock down all ten pins in a single frame.
Boxing. an act or instance of stepping back or separating from a clinch:
a clean break.
any of several stages in the grinding of grain in which the bran is separated from the kernel.
Botany. a sport.
Journalism. the point at the bottom of a column where a printed story is carried over to another column or page.
Nautical. the place at which a superstructure, deckhouse, or the like, rises from the main deck of a vessel.
breaks, Physical Geography. an area dissected by small ravines and gullies.
Mining. a fault or offset, as in a vein or bed of ore.
break away,

to leave or escape, especially suddenly or hurriedly.
to sever connections or allegiance, as to tradition or a political group.
to start prematurely:
The horse broke away from the starting gate.

break back, Tennis. to win a game served by an opponent immediately after the opponent has done so against one’s own serve.
break down,

to become ineffective.
to lose control; weaken:
He broke down and wept at the sad news.
to have a physical or mental collapse.
to cease to function:
The car broke down.
to itemize:
to break down a hotel bill into daily charges.
Chemistry. to separate (a compound) into its constituent molecules.
Electricity. (of an insulator) to fail, as when subjected to excessively high voltage, permitting a current to pass.
to decompose.
to analyze.
to classify.
to separate into constituent parts:
to break down a beef carcass into basic cuts.

break in,

to enter by force or craft:
Someone broke in and made off with all the furniture.
to train or instruct; initiate:
The boss is breaking in a new assistant.
to begin to wear or use in order to make comfortable:
These shoes haven’t been broken in.
to interrupt:
He broke in with a ridiculous objection.
to run (new machinery) initially under reduced load and speed, until any stiffness of motion has departed and all parts are ready to operate under normal service conditions; run in; wear in.

break in on/upon, to enter with force upon or accidentally interrupt; intrude upon:
The visitor opened the wrong door and broke in on a private conference.
break into,

to interpose; interrupt:
He broke into the conversation at a crucial moment.
to begin some activity.
to be admitted into; enter, as a business or profession:
It is difficult to break into the theater.
to enter by force:
They broke into the store and stole the safe.

break off,

to sever by breaking.
to stop suddenly; discontinue:
to break off a conversation; to break off relations with one’s neighbors.

break out,

to begin abruptly; arise:
An epidemic broke out.
Pathology. (of certain diseases) to appear in eruptions.
(of a person) to manifest a skin eruption.
to prepare for use:
to break out the parachutes.
to take out of (storage, concealment, etc.) for consumption:
to break out one’s best wine.
Nautical. to dislodge (the anchor) from the bottom.
to escape; flee:
He spent three years in prison before he broke out.
to separate into categories or list specific items:
to break out gift ideas according to price range; The report breaks out quarterly profits and losses.

break up,

to separate; scatter.
to put an end to; discontinue.
to divide or become divided into pieces.
to dissolve.
to disrupt; upset:
Television commercials during a dramatic presentation break up the continuity of effect.
(of a personal relationship) to end:
to break up a friendship; Their marriage broke up last year.
to end a personal relationship:
Bob and Mary broke up last month.
to be or cause to be overcome with laughter:
The comedian told several jokes that broke up the audience.

break with,

to sever relations with; separate from:
to break with one’s family.
to depart from; repudiate:
to break with tradition.

break bulk, Nautical. to remove a cargo wholly or in part.
break camp, to pack up tents and equipment and resume a journey or march:
They broke camp at dawn and proceeded toward the mountains.
break even, to finish a business transaction, period of gambling, series of games, etc., with no loss or gain:
He played poker all night and broke even.
break ground,

to begin construction, especially of a building or group of buildings:
to break ground for a new housing development.
Nautical. to free an anchor from the bottom; break out.

break it down, Australian Slang.

stop it; calm down.
(used as an exclamation of disbelief) that can’t be true!

break someone’s heart, to cause someone great disappointment or sorrow, as to disappoint in love:
It breaks my heart to hear you are leaving me.
break service, Tennis. to win a game served by one’s opponent.
break sheer, Nautical. (of an anchored vessel) to drift into such a position as to risk fouling the anchor or anchor cable.
Compare sheer2 (def 6).
break step. step (def 38).
break wind, to expel gas from the stomach and bowels through the anus.
give me a break, Informal. (used to express annoyance, disbelief, etc.):
He didn’t show up again? Oh, give me a break!
air in natural motion, as that moving horizontally at any velocity along the earth’s surface:
A gentle wind blew through the valley. High winds were forecast.
a gale; storm; hurricane.
any stream of air, as that produced by a bellows or fan.
air that is blown or forced to produce a musical sound in singing or playing an instrument.
wind instrument.
wind instruments collectively.
the winds, the members of an orchestra or band who play the wind instruments.
breath or breathing:
to catch one’s wind.
the power of breathing freely, as during continued exertion.
any influential force or trend:
strong winds of public opinion.
a hint or intimation:
to catch wind of a stock split.
air carrying an animal’s odor or scent.
solar wind.
empty talk; mere words.
vanity; conceitedness.
gas generated in the stomach and intestines.
Boxing Slang. the pit of the stomach where a blow may cause a temporary shortness of breath; solar plexus.
any direction of the compass.
a state of unconcern, recklessness, or abandon:
to throw all caution to the winds.
to expose to wind or air.
to follow by the scent.
to make short of wind or breath, as by vigorous exercise.
to let recover breath, as by resting after exertion.
to catch the scent or odor of game.
between wind and water,

(of a ship) at or near the water line.
in a vulnerable or precarious spot:
In her profession one is always between wind and water.

break wind, to expel gas from the stomach and bowels through the anus.
how the wind blows / lies, what the tendency or probability is:
Try to find out how the wind blows.
Also, which way the wind blows.
in the teeth of the wind, sailing directly into the wind; against the wind.
Also, in the eye of the wind, in the wind’s eye.
in the wind, about to occur; imminent; impending:
There’s good news in the wind.
off the wind,

away from the wind; with the wind at one’s back.
(of a sailing vessel) headed into the wind with sails shaking or aback.

on the wind, as close as possible to the wind.
Also, on a wind.
sail close to the wind,

Also, sail close on a wind. to sail as nearly as possible in the direction from which the wind is blowing.
to practice economy in the management of one’s affairs.
to verge on a breach of propriety or decency.
to escape (punishment, detection, etc.) by a narrow margin; take a risk.

take the wind out of one’s sails, to surprise someone, especially with unpleasant news; stun; shock; flabbergast:
She took the wind out of his sails when she announced she was marrying someone else.
Historical Examples

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7 Various
The City of God, Volume II Aurelius Augustine
Character Writings of the 17th Century Various
Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life, Travel & Exploration W. B. Lord

a current of air, sometimes of considerable force, moving generally horizontally from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure See also Beaufort scale related adjective aeolian
(mainly poetic) the direction from which a wind blows, usually a cardinal point of the compass
air artificially moved, as by a fan, pump, etc
any sweeping and destructive force
a trend, tendency, or force: the winds of revolution
(informal) a hint; suggestion: we got wind that you were coming
something deemed insubstantial: his talk was all wind
breath, as used in respiration or talk: you’re just wasting wind
(often used in sports) the power to breathe normally: his wind is weak See also second wind

a wind instrument or wind instruments considered collectively
(often pl) the musicians who play wind instruments in an orchestra
(modifier) of, relating to, or composed of wind instruments: a wind ensemble

an informal name for flatus
the air on which the scent of an animal is carried to hounds or on which the scent of a hunter is carried to his quarry
between wind and water

the part of a vessel’s hull below the water line that is exposed by rolling or by wave action
any point particularly susceptible to attack or injury

break wind, to release intestinal gas through the anus
(informal) get the wind up, have the wind up, to become frightened
have in the wind, to be in the act of following (quarry) by scent
how the wind blows, how the wind lies, which way the wind blows, which way the wind lies, what appears probable
in the wind, about to happen
(informal) three sheets in the wind, intoxicated; drunk
in the teeth of the wind, in the eye of the wind, directly into the wind
into the wind, against the wind or upwind
(nautical) off the wind, away from the direction from which the wind is blowing
(nautical) on the wind, as near as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
(informal) put the wind up, to frighten or alarm
(Brit, informal) raise the wind, to obtain the necessary funds
sail close to the wind, sail near to the wind

to come near the limits of danger or indecency
to live frugally or manage one’s affairs economically

take the wind out of someone’s sails, to destroy someone’s advantage; disconcert or deflate
verb (transitive)
to cause (someone) to be short of breath: the blow winded him

to detect the scent of
to pursue (quarry) by following its scent

to cause (a baby) to bring up wind after feeding by patting or rubbing on the back
to expose to air, as in drying, ventilating, etc
verb winds, winding, wound
often foll by around, about, or upon. to turn or coil (string, cotton, etc) around some object or point or (of string, etc) to be turned etc, around some object or point: he wound a scarf around his head
(transitive) to twine, cover, or wreathe by or as if by coiling, wrapping, etc; encircle: we wound the body in a shroud
(transitive) often foll by up. to tighten the spring of (a clockwork mechanism)
(transitive) foll by off. to remove by uncoiling or unwinding
(usually intransitive) to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course: the river winds through the hills
(transitive) to introduce indirectly or deviously: he is winding his own opinions into the report
(transitive) to cause to twist or revolve: he wound the handle
(transitive; usually foll by up or down) to move by cranking: please wind up the window
(transitive) to haul, lift, or hoist (a weight, etc) by means of a wind or windlass
(intransitive) (of a board, etc) to be warped or twisted
(intransitive) (archaic) to proceed deviously or indirectly
the act of winding or state of being wound
a single turn, bend, etc: a wind in the river
Also called winding. a twist in a board or plank
verb winds, winding, winded, wound
(transitive) (poetic) to blow (a note or signal) on (a horn, bugle, etc)
verb breaks, breaking, broke, broken
to separate or become separated into two or more pieces: this cup is broken
to damage or become damaged so as to be inoperative: my radio is broken
to crack or become cracked without separating
to burst or cut the surface of (skin, etc)
to discontinue or become discontinued: they broke for lunch, to break a journey
to disperse or become dispersed: the clouds broke
(transitive) to fail to observe (an agreement, promise, law, etc): to break one’s word
(foll by with) to discontinue an association (with)
to disclose or be disclosed: he broke the news gently
(transitive) to fracture (a bone) in (a limb, etc)
(transitive) to divide (something complete or perfect): to break a set of books
to bring or come to an end: the summer weather broke at last
(transitive) to bring to an end by or as if by force: to break a strike
when intr, often foll by out. to escape (from): he broke jail, he broke out of jail
to weaken or overwhelm or be weakened or overwhelmed, as in spirit
(transitive) to cut through or penetrate: a cry broke the silence
(transitive) to improve on or surpass: to break a record
(transitive) often foll by in. to accustom (a horse) to the bridle and saddle, to being ridden, etc
(transitive) often foll by of. to cause (a person) to give up (a habit): this cure will break you of smoking
(transitive) to weaken the impact or force of: this net will break his fall
(transitive) to decipher: to break a code
(transitive) to lose the order of: to break ranks
(transitive) to reduce to poverty or the state of bankruptcy
when intr, foll by into. to obtain, give, or receive smaller units in exchange for; change: to break a pound note
(transitive) (mainly military) to demote to a lower rank
(intransitive; often foll by from or out of) to proceed suddenly
(intransitive) to come into being: light broke over the mountains
(intransitive; foll by into or out into)

to burst into song, laughter, etc
to change to a faster pace

(transitive) to open with explosives: to break a safe
(intransitive) (of waves)

(often foll by against) to strike violently
to collapse into foam or surf

(intransitive) (esp of fish) to appear above the surface of the water
(intransitive) (of the amniotic fluid surrounding an unborn baby) to be released when the amniotic sac ruptures in the first stage of labour: her waters have broken
(intransitive) (informal, mainly US) to turn out in a specified manner: things are breaking well
(intransitive) (of prices, esp stock exchange quotations) to fall sharply
(intransitive) to make a sudden effort, as in running, horse racing, etc
(intransitive) (cricket) (of a ball) to change direction on bouncing
(transitive) (cricket) (of a player) to knock down at least one bail from (a wicket)
(intransitive) (billiards, snooker) to scatter the balls at the start of a game
(intransitive) (horse racing) to commence running in a race: they broke even
(intransitive) (boxing, wrestling) (of two fighters) to separate from a clinch
(intransitive) (music)

(of the male voice) to undergo a change in register, quality, and range at puberty
(of the voice or some instruments) to undergo a change in tone, quality, etc, when changing registers

(intransitive) (phonetics) (of a vowel) to turn into a diphthong, esp as a development in the language
(transitive) to open the breech of (certain firearms) by snapping the barrel away from the butt on its hinge
(transitive) to interrupt the flow of current in (an electrical circuit) Compare make1 (sense 27)
(intransitive) (informal, mainly US) to become successful; make a breakthrough
break bread

to eat a meal, esp with others
(Christianity) to administer or participate in Holy Communion

break camp, to pack up equipment and leave a camp
break ground, break new ground, to do something that has not been done before
to overwork or work very hard
break the back of, to complete the greatest or hardest part of (a task)
break the bank, to ruin financially or deplete the resources of a bank (as in gambling)
break the ice

to relieve shyness or reserve, esp between strangers
to be the first of a group to do something

break the mould, to make a change that breaks an established habit, pattern, etc
(tennis) break service, to win a game in which an opponent is serving
break wind, to emit wind from the anus
the act or result of breaking; fracture
a crack formed as the result of breaking
a brief respite or interval between two actions: a break from one’s toil
a sudden rush, esp to escape: to make a break for freedom
a breach in a relationship: she has made a break from her family
any sudden interruption in a continuous action
(Brit) a short period between classes at school US and Canadian equivalent recess
(informal) a fortunate opportunity, esp to prove oneself
(informal) a piece of (good or bad) luck
(esp in a stock exchange) a sudden and substantial decline in prices
(prosody) a pause in a line of verse; caesura
(billiards, snooker)

a series of successful shots during one turn
the points scored in such a series

(billiards, snooker)

the opening shot with the cue ball that scatters the placed balls
the right to take this first shot

(tennis) Also called service break, break of serve. the act or instance of breaking an opponent’s service
one of the intervals in a sporting contest
(horse racing) the start of a race: an even break
(in tenpin bowling) failure to knock down all the pins after the second attempt

(jazz) a short usually improvised solo passage
an instrumental passage in a pop song

a discontinuity in an electrical circuit
access to a radio channel by a citizens’ band operator
a variant spelling of brake1 (sense 6)
(boxing, wrestling) a command by a referee for two opponents to separate

I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind. [Ernest Dowson, 1896]

Meaning “breath” is attested from late Old English; especially “breath in speaking” (early 14c.), so long-winded, also “easy or regular breathing” (early 14c.), hence second wind in the figurative sense (by 1830), an image from the sport of hunting.

Figurative phrase which way the wind blows for “the current state of affairs” is suggested from c.1400. To get wind of “receive information about” is by 1809, perhaps inspired by French avoir le vent de. To take the wind out of (one’s) sails in the figurative sense (by 1883) is an image from sailing, where a ship without wind can make no progress. Wind-chill index is recorded from 1939. Wind energy from 1976. Wind vane from 1725.

A current of air, especially a natural one that moves along or parallel to the ground, moving from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure. Surface wind is measured by anemometers or its effect on objects, such as trees. The large-scale pattern of winds on Earth is governed primarily by differences in the net solar radiation received at the Earth’s surface, but it is also influenced by the Earth’s rotation, by the distribution of continents and oceans, by ocean currents, and by topography. On a local scale, the differences in rate of heating and cooling of land versus bodies of water greatly affect wind formation. Prevailing global winds are classified into three major belts in the Northern Hemisphere and three corresponding belts in the Southern Hemisphere. The trade winds blow generally east to west toward a low-pressure zone at the equator throughout the region from 30° north to 30° south of the equator. The westerlies blow from west to east in the temperate mid-latitude regions (from 30° to 60° north and south of the equator), and the polar easterlies blow from east to west out of high-pressure areas in the polar regions. See also Beaufort scale, chinook, foehn, monsoon, Santa Ana.

An escape or attempt to escape (1830s+)
A brief period of rest or relaxation: Take a five-minute break (1860s+)
A stroke of luck, good or bad • Probably fr the break in billiards, when balls arrange themselves in either a good or bad way: I got a break and made it on time/ Football’s a game of breaks to some extent (1911+)
A stroke of mercy or favor: Give me one break and I’ll never flunk again
An improvised passage; solo; lick (1930s+ Jazz musicians)

: Let’s break while I think about it all
To interrupt or abandon some regular practice: to break training/ break an old routine (1400+)
To happen; occur; fall out: If things break right I’ll be OK (1914+)
To tame a wild horse; subdue someone’s spirit (late 1400s+)
To bankrupt a company or person (1612+)
To demote; reduce in rank; bust: They broke him back to buck private (late 1600s+)
To separate, esp from a clinch: The boxers broke and came at each other again (1890s+)
(also breakdance or boogie)To do a kind of dancing that evolved in the inner-city ghettos and is characterized esp by intricate writhings and shows of balance and strength close to the floor • Break down was used by 1819 to describe very energetic black dancing: You can go running. You can swim. Or you can break (1980s+ Black teenagers)
(also service break) To win a game from an opponent who is serving (1950s+ Tennis)

Expel intestinal gas, as in Beans always make him break wind. [ Early 1500s ]

break a leg
break away
break bread
break camp
break cover
break down
break even
break ground
break in
break into
break it up
break loose
break of day
break off
break one
break one’s ass
break one’s back
break one’s balls
break one’s fall
break one’s neck
break one’s word
break out
break out of
break ranks
break someone
break someone of something
break someone up
break someone’s heart
break someone’s serve
break the back of
break the bank
break the ice
break the news
break the record
break through
break up
break wind
break with


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    to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces or fragments: He broke a vase. to infringe, ignore, or act contrary to (a law, rule, promise, etc.): She broke her promise. to dissolve or annul (often followed by off): to break off friendly relations with another country. to fracture a bone of (some […]

  • Break-out-group

    noun a group of people who detach themselves from a larger group or meeting in order to hold separate discussions

  • Breakpoint

    a convenient point at which to make a change, interruption, etc. noun (computing) an instruction inserted by a debug program causing a return to the debug program the point in a program at which such an instruction operates

  • Break-up-value

    noun (commerce) the value of an organization assuming that it will not continue to trade the value of a share in a company based only on the value of its assets

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