break the back of

break the back of
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

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  • 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

  • break the back of — ► break the back of accomplish the main or hardest part of. Main Entry: ↑break …   English terms dictionary

  • break the back — phrasal 1. : to check, subdue, or overcome the main force : leave existent but powerless to break the back of enemy resistance 2. of a ship : to break the keel and keelson …   Useful english dictionary

  • break the back of — phrasal to subdue the main force of < break the back of inflation > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • break the back of — idi to conquer the most difficult or resistant part of: to break the back of urban crime[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • 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 — 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… …   New idioms dictionary

  • break the back of the beast — If you break the back of the beast, you accomplish a challenge …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • break the back of — verb To achieve the greater part of some project. Ive broken the back of painting the shed Ill finish it after lunch …   Wiktionary

  • To break the back — Break Break (br[=a]k), v. t. [imp. {broke} (br[=o]k), (Obs. {Brake}); p. p. {Broken} (br[=o] k n), (Obs. {Broke}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Breaking}.] [OE. breken, AS. brecan; akin to OS. brekan, D. breken, OHG. brehhan, G. brechen, Icel. braka to creak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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