from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to disengage one's self abruptly; to come or go away against resistance.


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  • He tried more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend,

    Sole Music

  • During his long period of office, the Spaniards endeavoured to break away from the order (1774), and the evil effect of Gallicanism and Febronianism were being already universally felt, kings and princes suppressing many of the cloisters or forbidding intercourse with Rome.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • On the whole, it was a relief to break away now and then from the Sabrina; and the Duchess’s little breakfast, organized by Lord Hubert with all his usual virtuosity, was the pleasanter to Lily for not including her travelling-companions.

    The House of Mirth

  • "Can't you fancy him!" said Norah, making an effort to break away from her own thoughts; "roaming the bush with a boomerang and a waddy, and dressed in strips of white paint."

    A Little Bush Maid

  • He of course had to break away from the Federals on the Trevilian-Clayton Store road and devote his fire to Custer.


  • The dropouts were replaced, and the Enclave endured, an aging group of middleclass survivalists unwilling to break away from Los Angeles and their not inconsiderable incomes.

    I Don’t Understand ?

  • If, by some mischance, the two battle fleets did not meet, all available German destroyers were to break away and sweep north toward the Firth of Forth.

    Castles of Steel

  • Reiteration and emphasis were necessary to break away their stubborn prejudices.

    The Life of Jesus Christ in Its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement.

  • Scheer saw only one way out: to order a carefully rehearsed German fleet maneuver, designed for exactly this situation: when it was necessary to break away rapidly from a stronger fleet.

    Castles of Steel


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