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  • v. To break completely; crush.
  • v. To break apart; break in pieces.


From Middle English tobreken ("to break apart, break in pieces, shatter"), from Old English tōbrecan, tebrecan ("to break in pieces, break apart"), from Proto-Germanic *tebrekanan (“to break apart”), equivalent to to- (“apart, in pieces”) +‎ break. Cognate with Old Saxon tebrekan ("to break apart"), Middle Dutch tebreken ("to break apart, shatter"), German zerbrechen ("to break apart, shatter, smash"). More at to, break. (Wiktionary)


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