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- (transitive) To remove a piece from a whole by breaking or snapping.
- She unwrapped the slab of chocolate and broke off a piece.
- (intransitive) To become detached by breaking or snapping.
- A chunk of rock broke off from the cliff face.
- (transitive) To discontinue abruptly.
- Both families want the lovers to break off any relationship they may have.
- (intransitive) To end abruptly, either temporarily or permanently.
- 1898, J. Meade Falkner, chapter 4, in Moonfleet, London, Toronto, Ont.: Jonathan Cape, published 1934:
- Then the conversation broke off, and there was little more talking, only a noise of men going backwards and forwards, and of putting down of kegs and the hollow gurgle of good liquor being poured from breakers into the casks.
- (transitive, intransitive, billiards, snooker) To play the first shot in a frame of snooker, billiards or pool.
(transitive) to remove a piece by breaking or snapping
(intransitive) to become detached by breaking or snapping
(transitive) to discontinue abruptly
(intransitive) to end abruptly