break off something

break off something
break off (something) to end something suddenly.

Our third meeting broke off after an hour, but our fourth lasted three days.

I just broke off with a guy I've been going out with for eight months.


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  • break off — (something) to end something suddenly. Our third meeting broke off after an hour, but our fourth lasted three days. I just broke off with a guy I ve been going out with for eight months …   New idioms dictionary

  • break off — [v1] snap off something detach, disassemble, divide, part, pull off, separate, sever, splinter, take apart; concept 211 Ant. combine, join, mend break off [v2] end activity cease, desist, discontinue, end, finish, halt, pause, stop, suspend,… …   New thesaurus

  • break off — verb 1. interrupt before its natural or planned end (Freq. 2) We had to cut short our vacation • Syn: ↑cut short, ↑break short • Hypernyms: ↑interrupt, ↑break …   Useful english dictionary

  • break off — phrasal verb Word forms break off : present tense I/you/we/they break off he/she/it breaks off present participle breaking off past tense broke off past participle broken off 1) [intransitive/transitive] to stop doing something, especially… …   English dictionary

  • break off phrasal — verb 1 (I, T) to suddenly stop doing something, especially talking to someone: Fay told her story, breaking off now and then to wipe the tears from her eyes. (break sth off): I broke off the conversation and answered the phone. 2 (transitive… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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 …   English 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 — n. an instance of breaking something off or of discontinuing something …   Useful english dictionary

  • break — ► VERB (past broke; past part. broken) 1) separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain. 2) make or become inoperative; stop working. 3) interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course). 4) fail to observe (a law, regulation, or… …   English terms dictionary

  • break — [brāk] vt. broke, broken, breaking [ME breken < OE brecan < IE base * bhreg > BREACH, BREECH, Ger brechen, L frangere] 1. to cause to come apart by force; split or crack sharply into pieces; smash; burst 2. a) …   English World dictionary

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