make-and-break love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A device for alternately closing and opening an electric circuit; an interrupter.


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  • The never-ending make-and-break of synapses contributed a crackling hail of complex rhythms.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • This make-and-break activity - together with managing our media to provide our favorite sit-coms round the clock and protect us from knowing what our brave lads are having to do for them to a bunch of simply beastly foreigners, and manipulating our governments and promoting wars as we see in our various 'civilized' countries right now - is their trade!

    Financial Crisis: What crisis?

  • But indeed, when you talk to his staffers, they will tell you that this is obviously a make-and-break state for him.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2008

  • Poised to put in an additional 20,000 troops into Iraq, three times the total number the British have in place, he is ready for a make-and-break "surge" that he hopes will bring peace to Iraq.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • In addition the transmitter had make-and-break points such as an ordinary telephone bell has, and when these came in contact with the current, the springs inside continually gave out a sort of wail keyed to correspond with the pitch of the spring.

    Ted and the Telephone

  • I was going to file a nick in the make-and-break business but they're too foxy to give me a file.

    Tom Slade on a Transport

  • If Reis had been willing to experiment with his apparatus so that it did not make-and-break, he would probably have been the true father of the telephone, besides giving it the name by which it is known.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions, vol. 1

  • Bell's patent of 1876 was of an all-embracing character, which only the make-and-break principle, if practical, could have escaped.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions, vol. 1

  • Incidentally it may be noted that Edison in experimenting with the Reis transmitter recognized at once the defect caused by the make-and-break action, and sought to keep the gap closed by the use, first, of one drop of water, and later of several drops.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions, vol. 1

  • His machine was operated by a ` ` make-and-break '' current, and so could not carry the infinitely delicate vibrations made by the human voice.

    The History of the Telephone


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