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Jen’s English Tip’s – Expressions using the word Break

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Some Expressions using the word Break

Break and its various forms such as breaking, broke and broken are used in a number of idioms and expressions.

1. All hell break(s) loose: chaos ensues
2.
Break bad: defy authority
3.
Break bread: to dine together, thus symbolizing peace and cooperation
4.
Break a code: figure out a system for disguising communication
5.
Break a law: do something illegal
6.
Break a leg: an expression from the performing arts equivalent to “Good luck”
7.
Break a/the record: exceed the previous best performance
8.
Break a habit: stop doing something one does regularly
9.
Break a story: be the first journalist to report on an incident or issue
10.
Break away: separate from a group
11.
Break (one’s) back: expend a great deal of effort for a result
12.
Break (one’s) balls: overwhelm or overwork someone
13.
Break camp: pack equipment at a campsite in preparation for departure
14.
Break down: physically or emotionally collapse, or reduce something to its constituent parts
15.
Break even: end up with the same amount of money one had before investing or gambling
16.
Break faith: cease to support, or to abide by a promise
17.
Break (one’s) fall: prevent a fall of one’s body that might have caused injury
18.
Break for: pause for
19.
Break formation: cease to operate in an established formation or pattern
20.
Break free: release oneself from a literal or figurative restraint
21.
Break (one’s) heart: suffer emotional distress
22.
Break ground: begin construction
23.
Break in (or into): enter by force
24.
Break (one) in: introduce someone to something, or initiate someone into something
25.
Break it up: an admonition to stop what one is doing, especially arguing or fighting
26.
Break loose: separate from
27.
Break into a gallop: suddenly increase one’s pace to a gallop while riding a horse
28.
Break new ground: begin something new or do something different
29.
Break (one) of (something): cause someone to stop doing something habitual
30.
Break of dawn: beginning of the day
31.
Break off: stop or cease
32.
Break open: forcibly open
33.
Break out: forcibly remove something from something else, literally or figuratively escape, burst forth suddenly, separate (as into groups), or develop pimples
34.
Break out in a cold sweat: become suddenly nervous or frightened so that one literally or figurative perspires
35.
Break out in a rash: suddenly develop a skin condition
36.
Break out in tears: suddenly begin crying37. Break ranks: cease to adhere to a certain opinion or cause
38.
Break silence: cease to refrain from speaking about something
39.
Break (one’s) stride: suddenly stop walking
40.
Break the back of: reduce the power or end the domination of
41.
Break the bank: use all of one’s funds
42.
Break the fourth wall: address an audience directly rather than act as if there is no audience (said of an actor)
43.
Break the ice: do something to alleviate awkwardness or nervousness
44.
Break the mold: do something differently than it has been done before, or, in the case of a comment that “They broke the mold when . . . ,” a sentiment that someone or something has no equal
45.
Break the news: share (often unpleasant) information
46.
Break the silence: speak up about a topic previously avoided
47.
Break the spell: end a period in which one experienced delight
48.
Break through: overcome
49.
Break (something) to (someone): provide (usually unpleasant) news or information
50.
Break up: to separate into pieces
51.
Break up with: to end a romantic relationship with
52.
Break wind: create flatulence
53.
Break with: end a relationship with
54.
Break with tradition: deviate from custom or standard practice
55.
Break (one’s) word: renege on a promise
56.
Breaking point: the limit of physical or emotional endurance
57.
Broke: out of money
58.
Broken arrow: military jargon or code referring to an accident involving nuclear weaponry or to a request for air support for a threatened position
59.
Broken dreams: unfulfilled aspirations
60.
(Sound like a) broken record: sound repetitive, like a vinyl record that skips and therefore repeatedly plays a sound
61.
Broken reed: unreliable person (on the analogy of the broken reed of a reed instrument)
62.
Even break: even chance
63.
(Make a) clean break: escape without complications, or start over again
64.
Give me a break: said to express skepticism or exasperation
65.
Go for broke: risk everything
66.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: don’t try to improve something that works well
67.
Lucky break: fortunate occurrence
68.
Make a break for it: attempt to escape or get away
69.
Make or break: said of a critical action that will result in significant success or failure
70.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me: a child’s response to name-calling expressing that he or she is not injured by the name-calling
71.
Take a break: pause while working
72.
That’s the breaks/them’s the breaks: an expression of mild sympathy for bad luck
73.
The straw that breaks the camel’s back: the final unfortunate or unpleasant incident that results in abandoning or rejecting a situation74. Tough break: bad luck
75.
You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs: a saying referring to the fact that sacrifices must be made to obtain desirable results

 

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