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Definition of 'break away'


  1. break off (a piece from a whole); "Her tooth chipped"
       Synonyms: chip chip off come off break off
  2. move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
       Synonyms: break break out
  3. interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
       Synonyms: break
  4. withdraw from an organization or communion; "After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away"
       Synonyms: secede splinter
  5. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
       Synonyms: scat run scarper turn tail lam run away hightail it bunk head for the hills take to the woods escape fly the coop

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