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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.


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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