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

 

break away

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    break away (from somebody/something)

     
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  1. 1to escape suddenly from someone who is holding you or keeping you prisoner The prisoner broke away from his guards.
  2. 2 to leave a political party, state, etc., especially to form a new one The people of the province wanted 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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