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break out

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

B2 If something ​dangerous or ​unpleasantbreaks out, it ​suddenlystarts: War ​broke out in 1914. Fighting has ​broken out all over the ​city.break out in a rash, sweat, etc. to ​suddenly have ​redmarks or sweatappear on ​yourskin: She ​broke out in a ​rash after ​eating some ​strawberries. It didn't take much ​exercise to make him ​break out in (a) ​sweat. When I ​heard the ​noise I ​broke out in a coldsweat.

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break out

phrasal verb with break  us   /breɪk/ verb
  • (ESCAPE)

to ​escape from a ​place or a ​situation: Two ​inmates broke out of ​prison and are still at ​large.

break out

phrasal verb with break  us   /breɪk/ verb
  • (SKIN CONDITION)

to ​suddenlybegin to have a ​rash (= ​spots on the ​skin): Detergents make my ​hands break out. I ​hate it when I break out in ​hives.
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