Phrasal Verbs beginning with BREAK

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Phrasal Verbs beginning with BREAK :

break down : destroy something
break down : use force on a door to cause it to open

1. The thieves broke down the door.
2. The thieves broke the door down.

break down : fail to work (used of a car (or) a piece of machinery)
break down : stop working (used of a car (or) a piece of machinery)

1. We arrived late because the car had broken down.

break down : fail (used of a plan, system (or) scheme)

1. Our plans have broken down.
2. The peace talks broke down.

break down : lose control of one’s feelings

1. Anita broke down completely when she heard the news of her father’s death.

break down : suffer a serious nervous illness through overwork or worry

1. You will break down if you work too hard.

break in : enter a building by force
break into : enter a building by force

1. The thieves broke in and stole the jewels.
2. The thieves broke into the house.

break in : interrupt
break into : interrupt

1. May I break in to say that lunch is ready?
2. The children broke into our conversation.

break off : end a relationship (or) agreement

1. The country broke off relations with China.
2. Relations between the two countries have broken off.

break off : stop speaking

1. She broke off in the middle of a sentence.

break off : stop working

1. We’ve worked for three hours. So, let’s break off for a cup of tea.

break out : appear or happen suddenly (of a war (or) fire)

1. The Second World War broke out in September 1939.
2. A fire broke out during the night.

break up : (of a school or pupils) begin the holidays

1. When does your school break up?
2. We break up on 21st September and the next term begins on 18th October.

break up : (of a meeting (or) party) end or disperse

1. The meeting broke up in disorder.

break up : (of a couple (or) a relationship) come to an end

1. Jim and Mary broke up.
2. Their marriage broke up.

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