Definition of break away phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

break away

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Phrasal Verbs

    break away

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    break away from somebody

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    break away from something

     
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  1. 1to escape suddenly from somebody who is holding you or keeping you prisoner The prisoner broke away from his guards.
  2. 2to leave a political party, state, etc., especially to form a new one The people of the province wished to break away and form a new state. related noun breakaway
  3. 3to move away from a crowd or group, especially in a race She broke away from the pack and opened up a two-second lead.
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