an act or instance of breaking away; secession; separation:
the breakaway of two provinces from a state.
a departure or break from routine or tradition:
a three-day breakaway in the Bahamas.
a person or thing that breaks away.
an object, as a theatrical prop, constructed so that it breaks or falls apart easily, especially upon impact.
Ice Hockey. a sudden rush down the ice by a player or players in an attempt to score a goal, after breaking clear of defending opponents.
Football. a run by an offensive player breaking through the defense for a long gain.
Basketball. fast break.

a stampede.
an animal that breaks away from the herd or flock.

of, relating to, or being that which separates or secedes:
the breakaway faction of the Socialist party.
departing from routine or tradition.
constructed of such lightweight material or in such a way as to shatter or come apart easily:
breakaway highway signposts; Build a breakaway set for the barroom brawl.
(of theatrical costumes) constructed so as to be quickly removable, as by a performer playing several roles.
Contemporary Examples

Will Bibi Leave the Likud? Brent E. Sasley June 30, 2013
Why America Must Stop Comparing Ukraine To World War II Will Cathcart March 9, 2014
How to Use Your Lunch Hour for Better Productivity, Without Ever Taking a Bite Gregory Ferenstein April 22, 2014
The Company That Cracked Hollywood Tom Shone May 25, 2009
Russia’s Ticking Time Bomb The Daily Beast July 7, 2009

Historical Examples

The Battleship Boys at Sea Frank Gee Patchin
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin
The Game Jack London
The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
The Spoilers of the Valley Robert Watson


loss or withdrawal of a group of members from an association, club, etc
(as modifier): a breakaway faction


a sudden attack, esp from a defensive position, in football, hockey, etc
an attempt to get away from the rest of the field in a race

(Austral) a stampede of cattle, esp at the smell of water
verb (intransitive, adverb)
(often foll by from) to leave hastily or escape
to withdraw or secede
(sport) to make a breakaway
(horse racing) to start prematurely


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