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- 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.
- To end a relationship.
- Both families want the lovers to break off any relationship they may have.
- To remove a piece from a whole by breaking or snapping
- (billiards, snooker) Alternative form of
to remove a piece by breaking or snapping