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English definition of “break out”

break out

(ESCAPE) phrasal verb with break     /breɪk/ verb (broke, broken)
to escape from prison: They broke out of prison and fled the country.Running away and escaping
(Definition of break out (ESCAPE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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