break wind

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First attested 1552. From break + wind (flatulence).

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

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic) To expel gases generated during digestion, especially through the anus; to fart or flatulate.
    Then one of the people on the bus broke wind.

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