8 Phrasal Verbs with BREAK [Infographic]

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Phrasal verbs with BREAK
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  1. Break away
  2. Break down
  3. Break in
  4. Break into
  5. Break off
  6. Break out
  7. Break through
  8. Break up

Break away:
to run away or escape from a person, situation or place.

  • The robber tried to break away from the police man but he did not escape.

to leave a group, especially a political party, usually to start another group.

  • The more radical members broke away from the Liberal Party and formed a new left-wing party.

Break down:
when a machine or vehicle stops working.

  • Our car broke down on the way to the airport.

when a discussion or relationship is no longer successful.

  • The peace talks broke down and the ceasefire was called off.

Break in:
to enter a building illegally, usually with the intention to steal something.

  • The thief broke in last night while we were out at the cinema.

to interrupt someone when they are talking or thinking.

  • Nora broke in, ‘I think you should both stop arguing, you’re not resolving anything’. 

to train a young horse.

  • We break in our horses when they are four years old. 

to help someone get used to new duties or practices, like a new job.

  • I need someone to help break in the new employees next week.

to make new clothes, especially shoes, comfortable by wearing them.

  • I can’t wait to break in my new boots, my feet are killing me!

Break into
to unexpectedly or suddenly begin to do something.

  • She broke into tears in the middle of the ceremony.

to enter or open forcibly, usually to steal something.

  • She broke into his house through the bathroom window.

to change pace to a faster one.

  • The man broke into a sprint and ran off.

to begin to have success in a particular area or career.

  • It is hard to break into acting but you’ll be rich and famous when you do!

to interrupt someone when they are talking or thinking.

  • Gavin broke in, ‘I have to go now, I’m sorry’.

to start using an amount of money.

  • I had to break into my savings last month…again!

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Break off:
to end a relationship or engagement.

  • She broke off the engagement when she found out he was cheating on her.

to suddenly stop speaking or doing something.

  • She broke off mid-sentence and began to cry.

to remove a piece of something from the main part.

  • She broke off a piece of chocolate and gave it to him.

to become severed or separated from the main part.

  • The arm broke off the chair, we need to repair it.

Break out
the start of something undesirable.

  • Mary had just turned nine when the war broke out.

to escape.

  • According to news reports, a dangerous prisoner has broken out of jail in New York earlier today.

the sudden appearance or manifestation of a physical discomfort such as a rash, sweating etc.

  • She saw him and instantly broke out in a sweat.

to open and start using.

  • I think it is time to break out the champagne!

to escape from a situation or way of life.

  • I need to break out of this routine and do something new and exciting.

Break through
to force your way through something that is preventing you from moving forward.

  • The protesters broke through the police barrier and gained entry to the laboratory.

to achieve success or make a discovery, especially after having spent a long time trying.

  • After years of rejection, Hilary finally broke through and quickly became famous.

to appear from behind.

  • The sun broke through the clouds and illuminated everything.

Break up
when a relationship comes to an end.

  • He was devastated when they broke up.

to break something into smaller pieces,

  • If we break the chocolate bars up, everyone can have a piece.

to stop a fight.

  • Thankfully the police broke up the fight before anyone got hurt.

when a radio or telephone signal is interrupted by interference causing it to be inaudible.

  • You will have to call me back; I can’t hear you, you’re breaking up!

to finish school for the holidays.

  • We break up for the summer next week, I can’t wait!

to start to laugh uncontrollably.

  • She broke up with laughter in the middle of the exam.

when an event or meeting ends.

  • I am sorry to break up the party, but I have an early start tomorrow and I have to go home.

to divide an area or period of time to make it more manageable.

  • I usually take a coffee break at 4pm to break up the afternoon.

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thanks!! I had a homework related to this and helped a lot.