a situation in which the receiving side, holding the advantage, can win the game by winning the next point.
(tennis) a point which allows the receiving player to break the service of the server
a number of persons forming a separate class in a social hierarchy or in any graded body. a social or official position or standing, as in the armed forces: the rank of captain. high position or station in the social or some similar scale: a woman of rank. a class in any scale of comparison. […]
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 […]
Cause to discontinue a habit or practice, as in Mom tried for years to break Betty of biting her nails. The Oxford English Dictionary cites a quotation from W. Wotton’s History of Rome (1701): “He … broke them of their warm Baths,” which presumably refers to breaking Romans of their custom of bathing regularly. Today […]
see under break up , def. 5.