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  • v. Past participle of break off


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  • AT&T stock presents the king of all cost-basis riddles with the complicated history of the telephone company and its "Baby Bells," the seven regional companies broken off from the old AT&T in 1984.

    Tips for Solving the Cost-Basis Mystery

  • Miss Siddal had broken off their engagement after she got well.

    The Wayward Muse

  • Canon Eluard had broken off short in the middle of some quiet remark in the abbot's ear, and his beneficent smile faded, and gave place to a considering and intent frown, as though at this slight distance his vision failed to convince him he was seeing what indeed he saw.

    The Devil's Novice

  • In one place we noticed where an Indian had sat to manufacture arrow-heads out of quartz, and the sand was sprinkled with a quart of small glass-like chips about as big as a fourpence, which he had broken off in hiswork.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • Addie Green had an ear-drop that was broken off their best-parlor lamp.

    The Prism

  • Travesties of ships only, mizzens long gone, mainmasts broken off forty feet aloft in cracks and splinters, foremasts more or less intact but stripped of shrouds, clothing hanging limp and wet from lines strung between each fore and main, as well as on the stays connecting the fore with a stub of bowsprit.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Haznedl, eyes glued to her console, reported, The other ships have broken off from the V-formation, sir.

    Creative Couplings

  • The day before, our attack on Prokhorovka, which had been tantalizingly near, had been broken off because the

    Panzer Aces

  • Snorri doesn't say it actually sank, which explains why you only found the wood broken off in the chain.

    Crusader Gold

  • Brittle hair like dried straw had mostly been broken off to the length of a finger, but here and there longer strands the color of bread mold brushed the shoulders of her dress.

    Dead Beat


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