break off

break off
1) PHR-V-ERG If part of something breaks off or if you break it off, it comes off or is removed by force.

[V P] The two wings of the aircraft broke off on impact...

[V P n (not pron)] Grace broke off a large piece of the clay...

[V n P n] They've torn down wooden fences and broken branches off trees. [Also V n P]

2) PHRASAL VERB If you break off when you are doing or saying something, you suddenly stop doing it or saying it.

[V P] Llewelyn broke off in mid-sentence...

[V P n (not pron)] The commander of the German task force radioed that he was breaking off the action. [Also V n P]

3) PHR-V-RECIP If someone breaks off a relationship, they end it.

[pl-n V P n (not pron)] The two West African states had broken off relations two years ago...

[V it P with n (non-recip)] He doesn't seem to have the courage to break it off with her.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • break off — verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to stop abruptly < break off in the middle of a sentence > 2. to become detached < branches that broke off in the storm > 3. to end a relationship …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • break off — UK US break (sth) off Phrasal Verb with break({{}}/breɪk/ verb [T] (broke, broken) ► to stop, or to make something stop: »Talks between the two companies broke off over disagreements about the merger. »The company has decided to break off… …   Financial and business terms

  • break off — v. (D; intr.) to break off from (they broke off from the main wing of the party) * * * [ breɪk ɒf] (D; intr.) to break off from (they broke off from the main wing of the party) …   Combinatory dictionary

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