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broke

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  • v  terminate
  • v  become separated into pieces or fragments
    The figurine broke
  • v  render inoperable or ineffective
    You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!
  • v  ruin completely
  • v  destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
    He broke the glass plate
    She broke the match
  • v  act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  • v  move away or escape suddenly
    The horses broke from the stable
    Three inmates broke jail
  • v  scatter or part
    The clouds broke after the heavy downpour
  • v  force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
  • v  prevent completion
  • v  enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
    Someone broke in while I was on vacation
    They broke into my car and stole my radio!
    who broke into my account last night?
  • v  make submissive, obedient, or useful
    I broke in the new intern
  • v  fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
  • v  surpass in excellence
  • v  make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
    he broke the news to her
  • v  come into being
    light broke over the horizon
    Voices broke in the air
  • v  stop operating or functioning
    The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town
    The coffee maker broke
  • v  interrupt a continued activity
    She had broken with the traditional patterns
  • v  make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
    The ranks broke
  • v  curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
    The surf broke
  • v  lessen in force or effect
  • v  be broken in
  • v  come to an end
    The heat wave finally broke yesterday
  • v  vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
    The flat plain was broken by tall mesas
  • v  cause to give up a habit
    She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes
  • v  give up
  • v  come forth or begin from a state of latency
    The first winter storm broke over New York
  • v  happen or take place
  • v  cause the failure or ruin of
    His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage
  • v  invalidate by judicial action
    The will was broken
  • v  discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
    The business partners broke over a tax question
  • v  assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    He was broken down to Sergeant
  • v  reduce to bankruptcy
  • v  change directions suddenly
  • v  emerge from the surface of a body of water
    The whales broke
  • v  break down, literally or metaphorically
    The dam broke
  • v  do a break dance
  • v  exchange for smaller units of money
  • v  destroy the completeness of a set of related items
  • v  make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  • v  separate from a clinch, in boxing
    The referee broke the boxers
  • v  go to pieces
    The lawn mower finally broke
  • v  break a piece from a whole
  • v  become punctured or penetrated
    The skin broke
  • v  pierce or penetrate
    The blade broke her skin
  • v  be released or become known; of news
    News of her death broke in the morning
  • v  cease an action temporarily
  • v  interrupt the flow of current in
  • v  undergo breaking
    The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages
  • v  find a flaw in
  • v  find the solution or key to
  • v  change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
    Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children
  • v  happen
  • v  become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
  • v  crack; of the male voice in puberty
  • v  fall sharply
    stock prices broke
  • v  fracture a bone of
    I broke my foot while playing hockey
  • v  diminish or discontinue abruptly
    The patient's fever broke last night
  • v  weaken or destroy in spirit or body
    His resistance was broken
    a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death
  • s  lacking funds

  • For weeks, Obama has been using the phrase about going broke for getting sick.
  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt broke the 100m world record with ease.
  • Agnes Geraghty, of the same, broke breast stroke records of 50 yds.
News & Articles

  • 'We’re Not Broke' film comes from Sundance to Lewes June 27
    Delaware Americans for Democratic Action is hosting a free community film screening of the film "We’re Not Broke,"which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 27, in the Upper Screening Room at Movies at Midway. The Christian Science Monitor reported, "'We're Not Broke' ranks No. 1 of the top five documentary films getting buzz at Sundance." Noah Nelson of The ...
    June 22, 2013 - Cape Gazette
  • Mandela's ambulance broke down, leaving him stranded for 40 minutes
    PRETORIA, South Africa, June 22 (UPI) -- An ambulance taking Nelson Mandela to a hospital broke down, leaving the former South African president stranded for about 40 minutes, officials confirmed.
    June 22, 2013 - UPI
  • Young, Broke and Single? If so, Oklahoma City might be the place for you
    If you’re young, broke and single, Oklahoma City might be the place for you. MoneyUnder30.com has compiled a list of the “Best Cities in America to be Young, Broke and Single” and lists Oklahoma city at No. 10. “Too often, this neck of the woods only makes headlines for its twisters and NBA franchise. Still, the University of Oklahoma rests just a stone’s throw away in Norman. And if you love ...
    June 21, 2013 - The Oklahoman
Quotes

  • Barack Obama in BBC News
    North Korea broke the rules once more by testing a rocket that could be used for a long-range missile,Mr Obama told a crowd in the Czech capital, Prague. "This provocation underscores the need for action - not just this afternoon at the UN...
  • Lindsay Lohan in Washington Post
    It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs,Lohan said in a statement. "I broke the law and today I took responsibility by pleading guilty to the charges in my case."
  • Andy Roddick in Sports-Odds.com
    That was as tough a second-round match as there is in this tournament right now - he's well versed on how to play on grass,said Roddick. "In the first set I played well but the game he broke me on was one of the best return games someone...

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