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English definition of “break (sth) off”

break (sth) off

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

(SEPARATE)

to separate a part from a larger piece, or to become separate: He broke off a piece of chocolate.Tearing and breaking into pieces

(RELATIONSHIP)

B2 to end a relationship: They've broken off their engagement. The governments have broken off diplomatic relations.Causing something to endComing to an end

(STOP SPEAKING)

B2 to suddenly stop speaking or doing something: She broke off in the middle of a sentence.Causing something to endComing to an end
(Definition of break (sth) off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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