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


break off

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to become separated from something as a result of force The back section of the plane had broken off.
  2. 2to stop speaking or stop doing something for a time He broke off in the middle of a sentence.

    break somethingoff

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  1. 1to separate something, using force She broke off a piece of chocolate and gave it to me.
  2. 2to end something suddenly Britain threatened to break off diplomatic relations. They've broken off their engagement.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: break off