This was the point at which Phil finally began to break through.
And that allowed us to break through on a lot of story lines.
Sticks and stones may break your bones but, as some University of Oregon campus cops learned recently, names can prompt a lawsuit.
By his final stop, though, a rally in Wrentham, where he began his political career, Brown seemed like he could use a break.
The worst thing they do is break into a zoo and ride the merry-go-round.
My heart will break if this thing you meditate comes to pass.
In you I was sure of a mind strong enough to break the fetters of habit.
He had read the service over her, out of her own prayer-book, without a break in his voice.
You don't want to let him be the one to break it because you lost your money, do you?
If you have made such engagement, your first duty is to break it.
Old English brecan "to break, shatter, burst; injure, violate, destroy, curtail; break into, rush into; burst forth, spring out; subdue, tame" (class IV strong verb; past tense bræc, past participle brocen), from Proto-Germanic *brekan (cf. Old Frisian breka, Dutch breken, Old High German brehhan, German brechen, Gothic brikan), from PIE root *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction). Most modern senses were in Old English. In reference to the heart from early 13c. Meaning "to disclose" is from early 13c.
Break bread "share food" (with) is from late 14c. Break the ice is c.1600, in reference to the "coldness" of encounters of strangers. Break wind first attested 1550s. To break (something) out (1890s) probably is an image from dock work, of freeing cargo before unloading it. Ironic theatrical good luck formula break a leg has parallels in German Hals- und Beinbruch "break your neck and leg," and Italian in bocca al lupo. Evidence of a highly superstitious craft (cf. Macbeth).
c.1300, "act of breaking," from break (v.). Sense of "short interval between spells of work" (originally between lessons at school) is from 1861. Meaning "stroke of luck" is attested by 1911, probably an image from billiards (where the break that starts the game is attested from 1865). Meaning "stroke of mercy" is from 1914. Musical sense, "improvised passage, solo" is attested from 1920s in jazz.
1. To cause to be broken. "Your latest patch to the editor broke the paragraph commands."
2. (Of a program) To stop temporarily, so that it may debugged. The place where it stops is a "breakpoint".
3. To send an EIA-232 break (two character widths of line high) over a serial line.
4. [Unix] To strike whatever key currently causes the tty driver to send SIGINT to the current process. Normally, break, delete or control-C does this.
5. "break break" may be said to interrupt a conversation (this is an example of verb doubling). This usage comes from radio communications, which in turn probably came from landline telegraph/teleprinter usage, as badly abused in the Citizen's Band craze.
6. pipeline break.
7. break statement.