break off


break off
verb
1. interrupt before its natural or planned end (Freq. 2)
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We had to cut short our vacation

Syn: ↑cut short, ↑break short
Hypernyms: ↑interrupt, ↑break
Hyponyms: ↑hang up
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. prevent completion (Freq. 2)
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stop the project

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break off the negotiations

Syn: ↑break, ↑discontinue, ↑stop
Derivationally related forms: ↑stop (for: ↑stop), ↑discontinuation (for: ↑discontinue)
Hypernyms: ↑end, ↑terminate
Hyponyms:
fracture, ↑bog down, ↑bog, ↑interrupt, ↑disrupt, ↑break up, ↑cut off
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

3. break off (a piece from a whole) (Freq. 1)
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Her tooth chipped

Syn: ↑chip, ↑chip off, ↑come off, ↑break away
Derivationally related forms: ↑chip (for: ↑chip), ↑chipping (for: ↑chip)
Hypernyms: ↑separate, ↑divide, ↑part
Hyponyms: ↑peel off, ↑peel, ↑flake off, ↑flake, ↑exfoliate
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

4. break a piece from a whole
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break a branch from a tree

Syn: ↑break, ↑snap off
Derivationally related forms: ↑breakable (for: ↑break), ↑breakage (for: ↑break), ↑breaker (for: ↑break)
Hypernyms: ↑detach
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

5. break a small piece off from
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chip the glass

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chip a tooth

Syn: ↑chip, ↑knap, ↑cut off
See Also: ↑chip at (for: ↑chip)
Derivationally related forms: ↑chip (for: ↑chip), ↑chipping (for: ↑chip)
Hypernyms: ↑cut
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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