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Definition of break out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


break out

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(of war, fighting, or other unpleasant events) to start suddenly They had escaped to America shortly before war broke out in 1939. Fighting had broken out between rival groups of fans. Fire broke out during the night. related noun outbreak

break out (of something)

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to escape from a place or situation Several prisoners broke out of the jail. She needed to break out of her daily routine and do something exciting. related noun breakout
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