- v. present participle of break off.
- n. an instance of sudden interruption
“By the way, a further complication was that the man Brandon kept breaking off to talk about Whincliff Edge.”
“At the name of Fucarandono the king was a little nonplused, and stood silent for some time, suspecting that he came to challenge Father Xavier to a disputation, and devising in himself some means of breaking off this troublesome affair, as he afterwards acknowledged.”
“But as soon as he saw the hat coning he would not stay till it came, lest I should put it on before him, but breaking off his discourse abruptly, took his leave of them, and hastened in before the hat was brought to me.”
“Thus, on the 11th of February, the Commons adopted, by a majority of 80 to 50, a Declaration, which had been prepared in Committee, and chiefly by Nathaniel Fiennes and Henry Marten, setting forth their Reasons for breaking off communication with the King.”
“This led to the breaking off of all relations with the two most distinguished of themÂ—President Arthur and Governor Cornell.”
“Anyway, what do you now think about your theory that Mrs Vintage's depression could be over Randish breaking off an affair with her?”
“A bag of bones in old jeans and a raggedy orange tank top, with jacked-up skin, no makeup, and hair breaking off so badly that the only style she could keep was a ponytail brushed back into a scrunchie.”
“The whistle had been the signal that Tidd and Cook were breaking off to cut the first telegraph lines, and now we were hastening down the slope, the wagon jolting behind us, to the near end of the Potomac bridge.”
“The only way is to keep him at arm's length, because he is not disarmed by any generosity or trustfulness; the discovery of caddishness in a man is the only excuse for breaking off a companionship.”
“At last Hebe had a possible explanation as to why Claudia, after breaking off her engagement to Jacob Gardner, had left alone rather than with Andrew Southern.”
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