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- To liberate oneself; to free oneself; to become free (from or of something or someone).
- During the storm, the boat broke free from its moorings.
- To address the climate crisis, we need to break free of our addiction to fossil fuels.
- 1721, Aaron Hill, The Fatal Extravagance, London: T. Jauncy, [Scene 1], p. 9,
- […] I saw his Lady,
- Wild, with a Storm of Grief! Her Hair dishevel’d!
- And her loose Robes, blown, careless, by the Wind!
- Struggling, with weeping Servants, to break free.
- 1883, Olive Schreiner, The Story of an African Farm, Chapter 2.I,
- When the soul breaks free from the arms of a superstition, bits of the claws and talons break themselves off in him. It is not the work of a day to squeeze them out.
- 1901, Rudyard Kipling, Kim, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Chapter 9, p. 215,
- […] an elephant was captured for a time by the king’s hunters and, ere he broke free, beringed with a grievous leg-iron.
- 1968, Desmond Bagley, The Vivero Letter, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Chapter 8, section 7, p. 189,
- […] the chopper slowed and wheeled around the treetop. It was one of the big ones whose crown had broken free of the rest to spread luxuriantly in the upper air […]
- 2012 April 9, Mandeep Sanghera, “Tottenham 1 - 2 Norwich”, in BBC Sport:
- Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto broke free after a clever one-two with Emmanuel Adebayor, only to see his shot brilliantly saved by the Norwich keeper.