Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Phrasal Verbs with BREAK


To break up :


* to separate, to end a relationship: They couldn't stand each other. They've just broken up.
*to go on a school holiday :  When do the schools break up in December?
*that cannot be heard any more (voice when calling someone): Sorry, I can't hear you, you're breaking up! 

*breaking into pieces and in this way permanently break: She broke the vase with a baseball bat.

To break down :

 * (break down in tears) to suddenly start crying: She couldn't take it anymore so she broke down in tears.

*to reduce to smaller parts in order to analyse: Susan has broken down her favourite doll to see what it is made of.

* to stop working: Sorry I'm late. My car has broken down.

*someone's resistance  (to overcome it): Parents should know how to break down their child's barriers.


To break in/into :

* to walk into sb's house using force: They broke into his house. 

* to start doing something suddenly: 

- He was standing at the corner when he suddenly broke into a run.

- Susan has broken into a laugh. (She started laughing suddenly)


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