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English Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs with BREAK

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example
Break away Escape from captivity The horses were enclosed in a paddock but a few of them managed to break away.
Break away from Leave and become independent He broke away from the organisation and set up his own agency.
Break down Go out of order or cease to function David's car broke down on the way to the airport.
Break down Lose control of one's emotions. The parents broke down when they heard the bad news.
Break (something) down Divide into small or simpler parts The lesson will be easier to learn if you break it down into small sections.
Break free Detach from a physical hold. Eva managed to break free from her attacker's grasp.
Break in Enter by force in order to steal something. Bob saw a man outside trying to break in.
Break into Enter a place by force in order to steal something. The burglars broke into the house after midnight.
Break in on Interrupt unexpectedly An operator suddenly broke in on our telephone conversation.
Break off Stop or discontinue It was decided to break off diplomatic relations with that country.
Break off Stop speaking She broke off in the middle of a sentence.
Break out Start suddenly Rioting broke out as a result of the strike.
Break out of Escape from a place by force Three prisoners broke out of jail.
Break through Force a way through something The car broke through the barrier.
Break up Come to an end (marriage, relationship...) After her marriage broke up Emma went to live in London.
Break up Separate into small pieces Jack had to use a fork to break up the soil.
Break with Discontinue something or do something in a different way. He broke with tradition and invented new methods.

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