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English verb: break away

1. break away (motion) move away or escape suddenly


SamplesThe horses broke from the stable.
Three inmates broke jail.
Nobody can break out--this prison is high security.


Synonymsbreak, break out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)break loose, escape, get away


Verb groupbreak

2. break away (contact) break off (a piece from a whole)


SamplesHer tooth chipped.


Synonymsbreak off, chip, chip off, come off


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)divide, part, separate


Narrower (hyponym)exfoliate, flake, flake off, peel, peel off

3. break away (social) interrupt a continued activity


SamplesShe had broken with the traditional patterns.


Synonymsbreak


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)break, break up, part, separate, split, split up

4. break away (social) withdraw from an organization or communion


SamplesAfter the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away.


Synonymssecede, splinter


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)break, break up, part, separate, split, split up

5. break away (motion) flee; take to one's heels; cut and run


SamplesIf you see this man, run!.
The burglars escaped before the police showed up.


Synonymsbunk, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave


Narrower (hyponym)flee, fly, skedaddle, take flight









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