break the back of something

break the back of something
break the back of (something) to destroy something.

Police are hoping they can break the back of these gangs.

Experts say we will have to live in a state of high alert until we break the back of terrorism.

Etymology: based on the idea that breaking the back of an animal or person usually kills it

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • break the back of something — british phrase to finish the main part or the hardest part of a piece of work I think we’ve broken the back of the job now. Thesaurus: to finish somethingsynonym to kill a person or animalsynonym Main entry: break * * * b …   Useful english dictionary

  • break the back of something — British to finish the main part or the hardest part of a piece of work I think we ve broken the back of the job now …   English dictionary

  • break the back of — (something) to destroy something. Police are hoping they can break the back of these gangs. Experts say we will have to live in a state of high alert until we break the back of terrorism. Etymology: based on the idea that breaking the back of an… …   New idioms dictionary

  • break the back of — 1. To overburden 2. To accomplish the hardest part of • • • Main Entry: ↑back * * * do the hardest part of (a task) we ve broken the back of the problem ■ overwhelm or defeat I thought we really had broken the back of inflation * * * break the… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • break your back — phrase to work extremely hard to get something done He’s been breaking his back getting the house ready for their visit. Thesaurus: to work hardsynonym Main entry: break …   Useful english dictionary

  • Break the Rules (album) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Break the Rules. Break the Rules Album par Namie Amuro Sortie 20 décembre 2000 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • break your back —    If you work extremely hard, or put a lot of effort into achieving something, you break your back to do it.     If you want the job done well, you should accept to pay more. He s not going to break his back for such a low price! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • break — break1 W1S1 [breık] v past tense broke [brəuk US brouk] past participle broken [ˈbrəukən US ˈbrou ] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(separate into pieces)¦ 2¦(bones)¦ 3¦(machines)¦ 4¦(rules/laws)¦ 5¦(promise/agreement)¦ 6¦(stop/rest)¦ 7¦(end something)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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