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English definition of “break away”

break away

verb uk phrasal verb with break   /breɪk/ (broke, broken) us  

(ESCAPE)

to leave or to escape from someone who is holding you: He grabbed her, but she managed to break away.figurative One or two of the tourists broke away from the tour group.

(NOT AGREE)

to stop being part of a group because you begin to disagree with the people in the group: In the early 1980s some members of the British Labour Party broke away to form the Social Democratic Party.
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