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English definition of “break out”

break out

verb phrasal verb with break  /breɪk/ us  

(ESCAPE)

to escape from a place or a situation: Two inmates broke out of prison and are still at large.
(Definition of break out phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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