Slang Dictionary

break definition

  1. n.
    a chance; an opportunity. : Come on, give me a break!
  2. n.
    an escape from prison; a prison breakout. : I hear there's a break planned for tonight.
  3. in.
    [for a news story] to unfold rapidly. (Journalism.) : As the story continues to break, we will bring you the latest.
  4. n.
    a solo played when the rest of the band stops. : This is your break, Andy. Let's hear it, man.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with break, also see get a break; give someone a break; make a break for it; make or break; never give a sucker an even break; take a break; tough break. Also see under broke.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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