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[breyk-out] /ˈbreɪkˌaʊt/
an escape, often with the use of force, as from a prison or mental institution.
an appearance or manifestation, as of a disease, that is sudden and often widespread; outbreak.
an itemization; breakdown:
a hotel bill with a breakout of each service offered.
an instance of surpassing any previous achievement:
a breakout in gold prices.
the act or process of removing and disassembling equipment that has been used in drilling a well.
of or constituting a sudden increase, advance, or unexpected success:
The director has finally scored with a breakout movie.
Origin of breakout
1810-20; noun use of verb phrase break out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Although this theory has been widely accepted, finding an actual shock breakout was due to extreme serendipity.
  • Months after the second breakout she had become a member of a wild ex-orphan group.
  • But his former co-stars reflected on their breakout roles.
  • Aggregation is important for filling in the gaps between a few breakout stories each day.
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  • The initial external sensors are a magnetic switch, moisture sensor and a breakout board for building your own sensor.
  • Its biggest hits are aging and atrophying, with no breakout smash among the fall's new shows.
  • breakout sessions comprised four hours of the seven hour meeting the majority of the day.
  • At the close general session, breakout group facilitators reported on the results of their respective groups.
Word Origin and History for breakout

1820, from break (v.) + out (adv.). The verbal phrase goes back to Old English ut brecan, utabrecan. Transitive sense is attested from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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