from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An off-break (which see).


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  • Original post 2. Make a standing recipe book from a break-back binder.

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  • If Priscilla provided the movie breakthrough, then Charlie, the outback outlaw, a Christ figure armed with a six-shooter, was the break-back role.

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  • They saw no unjust inequality even when, Crébiche having three times spelt "earth" with an _u_, the master paced to and fro on the bare ground among the unmatched desks and break-back benches, running his hands through his hair and crying: --

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  • Well, to let out a long drift-net, which sometimes goes as deep as fifteen fathoms, is an easy affair, but to haul it in again is a sore task; and when it happens to be laden, and heavily-laden, with silver-gleaming fish, that is a break-back business for four young lads.

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  • Robson possesses a rare talent for upping her level when it really matters and a stunning backhand gave her two break-back points, and she took the second to set up a tie-break.

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  • The Italian pulled a forehand down into the net to give up a break at the start of the second set and, after playing a beauty of a drop volley to earn a break-back point in the next game, could only stand and watch as a Li ace whistled down the centre line.

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  • Tahir had Trott caught and bowled for 52 from 94 balls and when Bopara, who was preferred to Paul Collingwood, fell leg-before to Morne Morkel's break-back for 60 from 98 balls - which included the game's only six - England's hopes of reaching 200 seemed shot.

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  • Federer could only find the net with a volley when Nadal fired a forehand down the line on break-back point in game nine, and two equally blistering forehands and a magical lob volley helped the champion move ahead at 6-5.

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  • A brief lapse in concentration allowed Gil to 0-40 in the second game of the match, but Tsonga steadied himself to recover all three break-back points and breezed through the rest of the first two sets.

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  • Slapdash sliced returns again from Murray, but he'll have a chance of a break-back here as

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