break away

break away
verb
1. move away or escape suddenly (Freq. 2)
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The horses broke from the stable

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Three inmates broke jail

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Nobody can break out—this prison is high security

Syn: ↑break, ↑break out
Derivationally related forms: ↑breakout (for: ↑break out), ↑break (for: ↑break)
Hypernyms: ↑escape, ↑get away, ↑break loose
Verb Group: ↑break
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s PP

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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑break)
2. break off (a piece from a whole) (Freq. 1)
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Her tooth chipped

Syn: ↑chip, ↑chip off, ↑come off, ↑break off
Derivationally related forms: ↑chip (for: ↑chip), ↑chipping (for: ↑chip)
Hypernyms: ↑separate, ↑divide, ↑part
Hyponyms: ↑peel off, ↑peel, ↑flake off, ↑flake, ↑exfoliate
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

3. interrupt a continued activity
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She had broken with the traditional patterns

Syn: ↑break
Derivationally related forms: ↑break (for: ↑break)
Hypernyms: ↑separate, ↑part, ↑split up, ↑split, ↑break, ↑break up
Verb Frames:
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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s PP

4. withdraw from an organization or communion
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After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away

Syn: ↑secede, ↑splinter
Derivationally related forms: ↑breakaway, ↑secession (for: ↑secede)
Hypernyms: ↑separate, ↑part, ↑split up, ↑split, ↑break, ↑break up
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s PP

5. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
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If you see this man, run!

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The burglars escaped before the police showed up

Syn:
Derivationally related forms: ↑runaway (for: ↑run away), ↑lam (for: ↑lam)
Hypernyms: ↑leave, ↑go forth, ↑go away
Hyponyms: ↑flee, ↑fly, ↑take flight, ↑skedaddle
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

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(of a person) escape from someone's hold
escape from the control of a person, group, or practice

an attempt to break away from the elitism that has dominated the book trade

(of a competitor in a race) move into the lead
(of a material or object) become detached from its base, typically through decay or under force

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break away [phrasal verb]
1 : to get away from someone or something especially by using force or effort

Large pieces of the rock ledge have broken away. [=broken free]

— usually + from

He broke away [=broke free/loose] from his captors and escaped.

She broke away [=pulled away] from the other runners to win the race.

— often used figuratively

The company has broken away from the competition.

young people breaking away from traditional values

2 : to separate or become separate from a larger group, country, etc.

Three members of the band broke away and formed their own group.

— usually + from

a faction that has broken away from the main political party

see also breakaway
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Main Entry:break

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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Synonyms:
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