break the Sabbath

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break the Sabbath (third-person singular simple present breaks the Sabbath, present participle breaking the Sabbath, simple past broke the Sabbath, past participle broken the Sabbath)

  1. (idiomatic) To violate the holiness or sanctity of the Sabbath by not keeping it holy.
    Matthew 12:5 Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? (New American Standard Bible, ©1995)