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  • v. Used other than as an idiom: see break,‎ with.
  • v. To cease having a positive connection with (a person, group, movement, etc).
  • v. To divulge one's secrets, thoughts or intentions, to discuss something with somebody.

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  • v. end a relationship


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  • Far less time, he reasoned, would be required to break with gun-fire the lines assailing Jackson than to dispatch a column to the ridge.


  • By this revolutionary assault Luther forfeited the support of many serious persons indisposed to break with the Church but on the other hand won over all the anti-ecclesiastical elements, including numerous monks and nuns who left the monasteries to break their vows, and many priests who espoused his cause with the intention of marrying.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Further support for moderation came from General Erich von Falkenhayn, Chief of the Army General Staff, who feared the effect a break with the United States would have on other neutrals, particularly Bulgaria.

    Castles of Steel

  • So here came the anticoiffeur movement—the trend in hair very much a statement that represented a significant break with curlers and dryers, with the teased and set looks that had come before and had made a very different sort of statement.

    Zero Regrets

  • William Fulbrights first major break with Johnson and his administration.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • II 167; forced to resign, because he refused to push the blockade and risk break with America, II 233; guest with Mr. and Mrs. Page at Wilsford Manor, II 288; walk to Stonehenge with, II 292; serious blockade questions give way to talks on poets, II 305; promises government support of Belgian Relief plan, II 310; frequent visitor at the Embassy, II 315

    The Life and Letters of Walter H Page

  • Even at the actual moment of her break with the Dorsets she had not had so keen a sense of its consequences, for the Duchess of Beltshire, hearing of the catastrophe from Lord Hubert, had instantly offered her protection, and under her sheltering wing Lily had made an almost triumphant progress to London.

    The House of Mirth

  • In 1979 Foreign Trade Minister Li Qiang described the break with old policy:

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • Cash that I would have him take of me in payment at the Discots: of £15 perCt. & request you to urge this as Strongly as Is proper yet not to break with him in that Accot.

    Letter from Robert Carter to [Mann Page, May 21, 1728]

  • A vote for the moderates would endorse the status quo embodied in “their ancient happy Constitution”; a vote for the Independents would hasten the break with England and deal a blow to those at home who had “grown rich from nothing at all and engross every thing” to themselves.

    Robert Morris


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