break|a|way

break|a|way
break|a|way «BRAYK uh WAY», noun, adjective.
–n.
1. the act or condition of separating sharply from a group or pattern.
2. the separation of the shock wave from the fireball of an atomic explosion as it moves ahead.
3. U.S. Slang. a stage prop simulating a piece of furniture, crockery, or the like, that breaks easily and harmlessly when struck by or against something
4. a start, as of competitors in a contest, especially a race.
5. in Australia: a) a stampede of sheep, cattle, other livestock. b) an animal which breaks away from a herd or flock.
–adj.
British. separated from a larger unit; seceded; separatist; independent: »

a breakaway political party, a breakaway province.


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