Definition of 'break'


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1. To give up (a habit).

2. To make known, as news.

3. To make or bring about by cutting or forcing.

4. To cause to give up a habit.

5. Law To cause (a will) to be invalidated because of inconsistency with state inheritance laws or as a result of other legal insufficiency.

6. To exchange for smaller monetary units.

7. To reduce in rank; demote.

8. To fail to fulfill; cancel.

9. To cause to be without money or to go into bankruptcy.

10. To find an opening or flaw in.

11. To force one's way out of; escape from.

12. To vary or disrupt the uniformity or continuity of.

13. To snap off or detach.

14. To part or pierce the surface of.

15. To render useless or inoperative.

16. To experience a fracture in (a bone, for example).

17. To burst.

18. To train to obey; tame.

19. To produce (a sweat) copiously on the skin, as from exercise.

20. To weaken or destroy, as in spirit or health; overwhelm with adversity.

21. To separate into components or parts.

22. Electricity To render (a circuit) inoperative by disruption; open.

23. To destroy the completeness of (a group of related items).

24. To intrude.

25. To cause to undergo a fracture of (a bone, for example).

26. To find the solution or key to; uncover the basic elements and arrangement of.

27. To surpass or outdo.

28. To become cracked or split.

29. To divide into pieces, as by bending or cutting.

30. To become fractured.

31. To lessen the force or effect of.

32. To become separated into pieces or fragments.

33. To cause the ruin or failure of (an enterprise, for example).

34. To fail to conform to; violate.

35. To cause to separate into pieces suddenly or violently; smash.

36. Sports To win a game on (an opponent's service), as in tennis.

37. To filter in or penetrate.

38. To crack without separating into pieces.

39. To become unusable or inoperative.

40. To force or make a way through; puncture or penetrate.

41. To overcome or put an end to, especially by force or strong opposition.

42. To open (a shotgun or similar firearm) at the breech, as for loading or cleaning.


1. One thing you've got to say about George, he's been real conscientious helping us break in his replacement.

2. The Raiders left in platoons of one hundred, which would break into smaller groups once they were clear of the battlefield.

3. Any of them come close, especially Sammy, get out there and break their legs.

4. In some poems, the circumstances under which they are written will be the only introduction necessary, as in the case of _break, break, break_ or _The Recessional_.

5. The eye alone would never detect the exquisite music of such a poem as _Hide and Seek_, Third Reader, p. 50, or _break, break, break_, p. 201.

6. * @param string $break The line is broken using the optional break parameter.

7. The lunch break is not only an opportunity to take a break from the conference, should you need one, but also a chance to chat to the other participants and to enjoy the event in a more relaxed social environment.

8. I had parked myself in one of the cafe's comfy chairs in order to mark some papers yes, I'm still having to do this during the term break, when I should be vegging out instead, and the man next to me asked if I was a teacher.

9. This past week, the term break, was the first time I read a newspaper in months.

10. It was very nice having the past week off for the term break, and I ordered and received a new black MacBook (which is being partially subsidized by Hwa Chong, since I'm using it as my school computer) and an iPod Touch (which is also mostly being covered by Apple's education rebate); I wouldn't have ordered either otherwise.

11. Amy's mum and dad gave me the Star Wars Trilogy DVD, so I know what I'll be doing during the term break, eh?

12. Then I saw her eyes focus over my shoulder, saw her expression break apart, heard the feet on the porch behind me, this time fast and running.

13. ‘The cup broke under the strain.’

14. ‘His brows creased as he tried to break a piece of chocolate and he smiled when he broke it off.’

15. ‘The crew survived, but the aircraft exploded when its payload of munitions blew up breaking the windows of many local houses in the blast.’

16. ‘I broke it into small pieces and put it in a bowl.’

17. ‘At the head of the table, he broke pieces of bread into his soup with trembling hands.’

18. ‘Most of the rubbish was polystyrene and the children were just breaking it into small pieces and strewing it all over the ground, and we all know what a mess this material makes when broken.’

19. ‘Take four eggs and break each one separately in a saucer to test for quality before adding to the sugar and beat until the mix is creamy.’

20. ‘The mirror had been broken, its shattered pieces falling onto the wooden chest and green carpeting.’

21. ‘I tore off a tiny piece and it broke every time I stretched it.’

22. ‘Six ropes had been broken and small trees around had all been pulled down.’

23. ‘We then come to the mast's boom that has broken into two pieces over the ship's hull.’

24. ‘She ran to the vending machines and broke the glass.’

25. ‘With a few quick steps, she grasped the extinguisher, and rammed it into the glass door of the vending machine, breaking the glass.’

26. ‘Frank broke a handful of crackers into his soup.’

27. ‘‘The men then tied a tow rope to the machine and broke the security housing around it,’ added Mr Patel.’

28. ‘Her metal harness buckle breaks and she plunges to her death.’

29. ‘After a drawn-out moment, the barrier surrounding me broke.’

30. ‘A flood wall broke and water is flooding the city at an alarming rate.’

31. ‘The car was stolen after a thief broke a window at Mr Westwood's home, taking his car keys and mobile telephone.’

32. ‘She scribbled answers hard on the paper, constantly breaking the lead of her mechanical pencil.’

33. ‘He spent more than a month in hospital recovering from his many injuries, which included breaking both legs, his collar bone and jaw and he is still undergoing treatment.’

34. ‘Unfortunately, she landed badly, breaking a leg and fracturing a bone at the bottom of her spine.’

35. ‘The 18-year-old fell from the roof of Crumbs Bakery suffering extensive injuries by breaking both his legs and an arm.’

36. ‘Osteoporosis raises the risk of breaking a hip, yet femoral neck fractures in such patients are not always seen on x ray.’

37. ‘He had sustained serious head injuries, and broke his right elbow and left leg.’

38. ‘He fractured both legs, broke his right ankle and had deep cuts to his forehead.’

39. ‘Another patient broke both his legs jumping from the third floor.’

40. ‘In 1968 she was a passenger in a car when a lorry came out of a side turning and crashed into her, breaking both her arms and legs and causing other injuries.’

41. ‘No one saw the attack which left Mrs Anderton, a lively and intelligent widow, with a fractured hip and broken wrist.’

42. ‘It was her fault that Fay had broken her wrist.’

43. ‘He broke his shoulder, fractured eight ribs, punctured a lung and almost died.’

44. ‘One woman broke a leg and the others had minor injuries.’

45. ‘The passenger - who has not been named - broke his leg and suffered a minor head injury after both were struck by the car.’

46. ‘Kelly, aged 24, suffered whiplash and a back injury, but her daughter broke her leg.’

47. ‘She slipped on damp grass, breaking a leg, cracking a bone in the other and hurting her shoulder.’

48. ‘A pensioner tripped over a pub's open cellar doors and broke his neck, an inquest heard.’

49. ‘She broke her foot recently in practice and will not be competing until after Christmas.’

50. ‘Coastguards and paramedics sprinted more than a mile to the aid of a woman who had broken her ankle while walking along a cliff edge in Whitby.’

51. ‘A pensioner who broke her ankle while walking her dog has spoken out in praise of a scheme to boost community spirit.’

52. ‘Emily had broken her arm falling off a piano stool and was ever so desperate to tell me all about it!’

53. ‘In the ensuing struggle she bit the security guard, breaking the skin and causing reddening and abrasions, the court heard.’

54. ‘It transpires that the snake had actually managed to bite through Ian's shinguards before breaking the skin.’

55. ‘If I had done it only at a slightly different angle, it probably wouldn't have even broken the skin.’

56. ‘It was only a nip and it didn't break the skin, but it is about what the dog may do the next time.’

57. ‘I knew that it hadn't broken the skin, but she scraped her nail against my skin hard enough for me to feel pain.’

58. ‘Looking down I realized that I had been holding the blade so tight that I had broken the skin.’

59. ‘I looked at the palms of my hands, and saw that I had broken the skin with my nails.’

60. ‘The gun barrel dug so deep into her ribs that it actually broke the skin.’

61. ‘He clenched his fists so tightly that he broke the skin on his palms.’

62. ‘I sucked in a sharp breath as the blade broke my skin.’

63. ‘With Patton in the saddle and leaning forward, the horse arose, reared back his head, and struck Patton on the eyebrow, breaking the skin.’

64. ‘She punched the wall, breaking the skin on her fist.’

65. ‘A few shards of glass got stuck in my palm, breaking the skin.’

66. ‘His long nails streaked down his face, breaking the delicate skin.’

67. ‘New-fallen powder may be soft, but after a time it can compress, melt, form a layer of ice on its surface that is quite capable of breaking the skin.’

68. ‘Without wasting a second he forced the blade of the knife against my throat and pushed as hard as he could without breaking the skin.’

69. ‘It didn't break the skin and they didn't think it was serious until a few weeks ago half of her body was going numb.’

70. ‘Her blade traced a horizontal line on his throat, a scratch that just barely broke the skin, but not enough to draw blood.’

71. ‘Each time she attempted to move she felt the sharp edge of the blade break her skin.’

72. ‘Her mother, Julie, removed her sandals and examined her feet and legs for signs that the needle had broken the skin.’

73. ‘Right now, we've broken two bubble machines and have to buy a third one.’

74. ‘However, in the ensuing minutes there was an argument, during which the sewing machine got broken.’

75. ‘Someone broke the machine by jamming pencils in to it.’

76. ‘The video then shows him break the camera and the picture goes dead.’

77. ‘He thinks he broke the machine when he accidentally minimized a window.’

78. ‘They protested against the factories by breaking the machines.’

79. ‘When she went back in after the last strike days she discovered that whoever had been trying to operate her machine had broken it instead.’

80. ‘Her video camera broke, and they took shelter in the women's restroom to work on it.’

81. ‘Second, I check whether I'm still able to judge speed and distance accurately by making sure I can get my car key in the door lock without breaking it or scratching the paintwork too much.’

82. ‘It would seem like the sort of machine you'd break just by turning it off.’

83. ‘If he didn't watch what he was doing, he really was going to break one of these machines.’

84. ‘We should simply break the machines and return to our caves.’

85. ‘The ticket machine had broken and the punters were advised to pay on the train.’

86. ‘When the washing machine broke he fixed it so well it washed the clothes twice as fast, and picked up National Radio.’

87. ‘To their credit, the locals at first rebelled by breaking the machine so that no one could pay, but over time the revolution vanished like sand through so many fists.’

88. ‘He turned and knocked the machine over breaking it.’

89. ‘And, just to add insult to injury, I've even broken his bloody coffee machine!’

90. ‘If your washing machine breaks it will be guaranteed.’

91. ‘I just figured some machine broke causing a big power outage.’

92. ‘My wife is emphatic about having to wear a certain outfit she pulled from the dirty clothes hamper to the party we have been invited to later, so, of course, the washing machine breaks.’

93. ‘The consultant agreed I could have an epidural if I agreed to have my waters broken - seemed like a fair deal to me.’

94. ‘Her waters broke as soon as she got into the ambulance.’

95. ‘She was twenty-six weeks pregnant when her waters broke on Friday, December 7.’

96. ‘Her labour was going like clockwork when her waters broke on the evening of her due date.’

97. ‘Looking down at her feet, she realized that her water had just broken.’

98. ‘Emma's waters broke while talking to Ed, so it was him that got her to the hospital and held her hand throughout labour.’

99. ‘Most commonly, about 90% of the time, your water breaks when your cervix is fully dilated.’

100. ‘Then at about midday or she calls to say, rather matter-of-factly, I thought, that her waters had broken and that she was having the baby.’

101. ‘On Monday morning at 5.30 Susanne woke me to tell me that her waters had broken.’

102. ‘But as luck would have it Jane's water broke at 11 am so we returned to the hospital.’

103. ‘Rebecca's waters broke at about 4.30 am at their home in Kiltie Road, Tiptree.’

104. ‘A few minutes into the journey the contractions got so bad Rachel had to clamber into the back seat where her waters broke.’

105. ‘She went to the bathroom and her waters broke, and she felt the urge to push.’

106. ‘Although Sara was due in early June, her water broke yesterday.’

107. ‘When I was seven and a half months pregnant, I was on the way to the photocopier in the office, when my waters broke.’

108. ‘Two days before my mothers' water broke, my father took me to the Florida Mall and we brought me some clothes.’

109. ‘The day after at 6.15 am I woke to go to the toilet, I felt a pop and it turned out to be my waters breaking.’

110. ‘Then to make matters worse, I thought my waters had broken as I felt the back of me suddenly become wet.’

111. ‘I was in and out of hospital for about three weeks and then my waters broke.’

112. ‘I was desperately wanting her waters to break while I was there so we could all experience the joy of childbirth together, but they didn't.’

113. ‘The maid broke the safe and stole money and jewellery.’

114. ‘They broke the safe in the Accounts Section and made away with the day's receipts.’

115. ‘If a burglar breaks the safe and steals the guns, I won't be held responsible for their criminal use because I did what I reasonably could to secure them.’

116. ‘I haven't got any change, and I don't want to break a fiver.’

117. ‘Most of us are more inclined to break a note than fish around trying to find the right change.’

118. ‘Like my sister said, once you break a twenty the rest just disappears.’

119. ‘The ref was not between the fighters but he was instructing them to break.’

120. ‘He possibly could have cautioned him for holding and hitting as well, or he could have simply ordered them to break.’

121. ‘He said the first damaging blow came after the referee had told them to break and stop punching.’

122. ‘In each rack, you break, spot anything that went in, and take cueball in hand to begin the frame.’

123. ‘Ronnie O'Sullivan breaks to get the final underway but the opening frame proves a scrappy affair lasting half-an-hour.’

124. ‘He breaks and sits down without looking where the balls have spread.’

125. ‘He breaks hard, shoots straight, and has no fear… how is he out of the tournament?’

126. ‘When the chief Scout Master broke the flag a huge roar went up from the boys.’

127. ‘We opened with the Canadian National Anthem and our Scout and Venture Leader broke the flag to open the festivities.’

128. ‘I even broke out the sail for a few minutes until I got bored and switched back to paddling.’

129. ‘We have a large exhibit on World War II cipher machines and the machines that broke the enemy's codes.’

130. ‘When all the analyses were ready, the code was broken.’

131. ‘Then you have to spend time breaking the code and making your own key, which only lets you hotwire the vehicle.’

132. ‘I feel that I am very close to breaking the code.’

133. ‘But if you could factor large numbers then you could break these codes.’

134. ‘This was discovered by an astute cryptanalyst at Central Bureau and in April 1943 that code was broken.’

135. ‘They were desperately looking for any clue that would help them break the code.’

136. ‘He starts to punch in numbers at random in an attempt to break the code and patch into the system.’

137. ‘At that point they'd broken the code, and they told people whether or not they'd received cells.’

138. ‘While attempting to break the Nazi codes, his character becomes obsessed with finding the woman he loves.’

139. ‘It was created in 1943 to break German codes.’

140. ‘In an interactive lecture, he then examined the tricks used to break such codes.’

141. ‘There then follows a long and tedious account of how they broke the enigma code.’

142. ‘It would be a bit unfair to offer clues right now, if someone is close to breaking the code.’

143. ‘Another way to become rich and famous is to devise, or break a code.’

144. ‘Here is where Alan Turing broke the codes that maybe won the second world war.’

145. ‘I started trying to break the code and was getting nowhere.’

146. ‘Well done to all who managed to break the code yesterday!’

147. ‘It's a computer program that's used to break ciphers.’

148. ‘There is little doubt that trying to break simple codes enhances one's understanding of cryptography.’

149. ‘He was arrested then released when the police couldn't break his alibi.’

150. ‘The former husband emerged as the most promising suspect after the detectives were able to break his alibi.’

151. ‘But analysis of soil in his trouser cuffs broke his alibi and clinched the case.’

152. ‘Everyone has a part to play in breaking this vicious cycle.’

153. ‘We have to break this vicious cycle between drug dependency and crime.’

154. ‘They must start to break their sequence of drawn games and start winning consistently if they are to retain their title.’

155. ‘We can then break the poverty cycle by giving these disadvantaged children opportunities to get work and employment.’

156. ‘Generally, if a week is not one of employment, continuity is broken, so that the employee has to start again to pick up continuity.’

157. ‘It means forgiving those who have hurt you and breaking the cycle of abuse.’

158. ‘Imprisonment does not break the cycle of offending and addiction.’

159. ‘Then came metal hulls and steam power, and the historical line of continuity was broken.’

160. ‘The solitude was broken, bizarrely, by bumping into Michael Palin and his film crew working on their next project in the Hoggar Mountains.’

161. ‘The schools offer a possible way of breaking the cycle of illiteracy.’

162. ‘The key to breaking the cycle is to boost demand and take up the slack in the economy.’

163. ‘Ballet had created continuity in my life, but now that the left side of my body did not serve me, the continuity was broken.’

164. ‘England's win against West Indies last year broke a sequence of nine decisive matches which were all won by the team fielding first.’

165. ‘After a long pause he broke the tranquility again’

166. ‘Your slumbers are broken bright and early with a cup of tea brought to your tent.’

167. ‘Max yelled, raised one eyebrow, paused for effect, breaking the rhythm.’

168. ‘We found it worth venturing into Woolacombe to break the routine.’

169. ‘He will enlist the help of three minders to clear his path and stop the crowd breaking his concentration.’

170. ‘The team broke its five-game losing streak.’

171. ‘Theo, his concentration finally broken, stopped typing and looked up.’

172. ‘‘Melissa,’ said Matthew breaking the silence and speaking for the first time since the fight had started.’

173. ‘She felt it was her job to break the silence between the two.’

174. ‘A father of two has broken his silence after keeping his sighting of a ghost 15 years ago at Woodville Halls Theatre a fearful secret.’

175. ‘The actress has broken her silence about the whirlwind romance.’

176. ‘She has broken her silence to speak of her determination to return to the post she has held for the past 10 years.’

177. ‘At last, he broke the silence: ‘What are you writing about these days, anyway?’’

178. ‘Then an unknown pilot broke the silence and asked, ‘Wasn't I married to you once?’’

179. ‘But it was not until last summer that she broke her silence and called her former lover, when she feared biographers would unearth the details.’

180. ‘He recently broke his silence, admitting that he went to England after losing his job in Paris and had tried to commit suicide.’

181. ‘More recently the firm broke its silence and revealed he had been hit by a viral infection and would not be back at work until May 10.’

182. ‘Yesterday, she broke her silence on the whispering campaign against her.’

183. ‘She decided to break her silence because she thought it was the only way the council would listen to her concerns even though it meant sacrificing her job.’

184. ‘The coroner has urged those who know the names of the killers to break their silence.’

185. ‘And now that they have broken their silence, it is hoped that others will find the courage to do the same.’

186. ‘My mother broke the silence with a question, ‘Do you live nearby?’’

187. ‘The former girlfriend of a man accused of murder admitted yesterday that she broke her silence about the killing after police threatened to implicate her.’

188. ‘Police were alerted to the abuse around 20 years after it was carried out when the victim broke his silence.’

189. ‘A staff member caught up in the raid broke his silence on the experience yesterday.’

190. ‘Now he breaks his silence about the flawed evidence.’

191. ‘Liam did not break his silence over the abuse until two years ago.’

192. ‘The newspapers reported that some passengers were breaking their journey at Earl's Court just to ride the escalator.’

193. ‘He has a house in Burgundy, about halfway between Tuscany and England, and it was agreed to break the journey there.’

194. ‘I broke my journey several times.’

195. ‘He broke his journey for the winter in Germany.’

196. ‘They wished to break their journey for the night, and replenish their stock of fresh food before tackling the Great River.’

197. ‘If you are planning to break your journey midway, some airlines offer free stopovers while others charge a fee.’

198. ‘There is plenty to do here and you may well decide to break your journey.’

199. ‘As part of their project, they created an Oak tree grove, with picnic and seating area, an ideal spot to rest or break a long journey.’

200. ‘I have broken the journey to dive on Sweden's west coast and on some freshwater wrecks in Lake Vattern.’

201. ‘If travelling from the distant south, consider breaking your journey with a day diving the Clyde or Oban.’

202. ‘A list of visiting ships is still posted in reception, just as it was when they broke their voyages here en route to South Africa, and their guests came ashore in open boats.’

203. ‘There always seemed to be somebody there breaking their walk and brewing up.’

204. ‘He started to search for a sheltered spot where he could break his journey.’

205. ‘Although the trip could comfortably be accomplished in one day I chose to break my journey at Middletown for an overnight stay.’

206. ‘I wondered whether I should have stopped to talk with him that day, whether I should have broken my walk.’

207. ‘Some of the long-distance festival visitors have become semi-regulars, breaking their train journeys at York just to sup a pint at The Maltings.’

208. ‘Our journey back home to Doncaster from the Lakes is broken at Skipton to do our weekend shopping.’

209. ‘The Nepal trek will be broken by a transfer between two points.’

210. ‘break the monotony of a long journey with frequent stops.’

211. ‘He probably caught the later train from Nottingham, and never broke his journey at Sheffield at all.’

212. ‘Parliament didn't exactly clean off their desks before they broke for summer recess last Friday.’

213. ‘By the time Council finally passed an operating budget and broke for recess in late June, more than a few players lay injured on the field.’

214. ‘They last met on August 7 when the fourth round of six-way talks broke for a recess.’

215. ‘If you must break for tea, keep it quick.’

216. ‘I actually love spring break, and desperately want to break for spring.’

217. ‘We broke for sticky cake at 11, then continued working.’

218. ‘At 8.30, with half the agenda dealt with (nine minutes per item), we broke for a moment.’

219. ‘The group meets every fortnight though they're set to break for the summer.’

220. ‘Anyway, school broke for holidays, and I forgot all about it.’

221. ‘When school broke for summer last week, 91 students filed out of High Park N.S. and went home to enjoy the summer holidays.’

222. ‘Packing was in full flow when I got to the office, but we broke for lunch, after which we tackled the cupboard full of unclaimed review kit.’

223. ‘Each division we'll then play on alternative Saturdays and unlike the junior divisions will not break for Christmas.’

224. ‘They are up extremely high, and they decide to break for lunch.’

225. ‘We repeat that a few times and then break for lunch.’

226. ‘We break for lunch of salad with couscous, salmon and chicken.’

227. ‘It will then break for almost a month, before returning to the Guildhall for two to three weeks from July 2.’

228. ‘The club will run until June, break for the summer and resume again in September.’

229. ‘The association will break for the summer but the executive will continue to meet as usual.’

230. ‘Even when they broke for dinner, the taunting continued.’

231. ‘I broke for breakfast and got all tied up with washing and washing up and ended up wandering over to Asda through the lovely warm sun, so I didn't actually get anything else written until after lunch.’

232. ‘The move was so unexpected that he lost his balance, and threw his arm out to break his fall.’

233. ‘She fell to the dirt like a doll, her arms breaking the fall painfully.’

234. ‘My right arm went out to break my fall and I ended up landing right on my shoulder.’

235. ‘She tripped on the bottom step, yelling out automatically and stretching out her arms to break her fall.’

236. ‘Her involuntary reflexes kicked in, and she threw out her arms, managing to break his fall.’

237. ‘The stone of the remaining steps would have made violent impact with his head if something had not broken his fall.’

238. ‘His fall was broken by some bins.’

239. ‘He landed in some bushes that broke his fall.’

240. ‘He survived with three cracked vertebrae and a dislocated finger after the roof of a shack broke his fall.’

241. ‘He was the only one who jumped over the precipice hoping that they'd be a tree to break his fall.’

242. ‘In an attempt to break her fall she put her hand out and it hit the wall, breaking a bone in her wrist.’

243. ‘Miraculously, a tree broke his fall.’

244. ‘As she fell backwards she put her hands out to break the fall.’

245. ‘Who hasn't broken an impending fall with an outstretched hand, which can jar the bones of the elbow out of place?’

246. ‘The backpack had broken her fall, but it hadn't kept the breath from getting knocked out of her.’

247. ‘Down I fell towards the ground, but on the way I hit several branches, which really broke my fall.’

248. ‘The crewman lost his balance and lurched toward a forward panel, instinctively breaking his fall with an out-thrust hand.’

249. ‘When she and Matt fell, she had stuck out her hands to break the fall.’

250. ‘Don't put your hands out to break your fall, or you might injure yourself.’

251. ‘All three friends ran and jumped into the hole, hoping that there was something soft to break their fall.’

252. ‘By bouncing, the reed breaks an electrical circuit.’

253. ‘If either voltage or current is too big you could break the circuit.’

254. ‘A switch works by breaking the circuit, which stops the current.’

255. ‘A circuit breaker has a mechanism for automatically breaking an electrical circuit.’

256. ‘Really wanting to break this bad habit is the first step to stopping.’

257. ‘The Canadian Cancer Society is urging smokers trying to quit to plan out how they are going to break their habit.’

258. ‘We would have to break old habits that perhaps were once useful, but don't serve their purpose anymore.’

259. ‘Also, of course, there is the reality that 20 or 30 years of habit are not broken in a fortnight.’

260. ‘So don't feel guilty if your new habits are broken at certain times.’

261. ‘The pamphlet offered nothing about breaking habits.’

262. ‘I suggest you pick a few of your unhealthy eating habits, and give yourself a month to work on breaking those habits.’

263. ‘You are attempting something that is inherently very difficult: breaking old habits.’

264. ‘Here are some methods for breaking old habits and creating new, desirable ones.’

265. ‘How do you break habits when you're not as confident in the new methods, or at least in your skill with using them?’

266. ‘It took a long time - and a lot of support - for him to break his habit, and he still doesn't feel like the person he was.’

267. ‘She shrugged it off and told herself it would take some time to break her old habits.’

268. ‘Honestly, a course isn't going to help break the bad habits that caused the problem in the first place.’

269. ‘If you spot smoking triggers write down how you could deal with them if you were to stop smoking - a good way to break a habit is to replace it with a new one.’

270. ‘Imagine how hard it must be to break a habit that's lasted ten years.’

271. ‘I never managed to break the teenage habit of jiggling my legs and fidgeting when I have to sit still for a long time.’

272. ‘For adults over 25, many doctors regard it as too late to break their eating habits and make them fit and lean again.’

273. ‘In the course of the 1980s, the recognition of nicotine addiction offered an explanation of the difficulty experienced by some in breaking the smoking habit.’

274. ‘Old habits are hard to break.’

275. ‘The addictions would probably be easier to break once she began to deal with what had happened to her.’

276. ‘The film broke box-office records and won seven Academy Awards.’

277. ‘The films, too, have proved a hit with an older audience, breaking box-office records for a foreign film.’

278. ‘Irish cinema-goers are breaking box-office records, according to new research.’

279. ‘This film broke box office attendance records in Cuba and achieved world-wide acclaim.’

280. ‘He has broken the record for most expensive film three times, but has always managed to produce interesting films that have made money.’

281. ‘There have been some interesting results with long standing records being broken.’

282. ‘He has already said he will try to break the world record.’

283. ‘She holds the trump card after breaking the world record three times this year.’

284. ‘He has broken every goalscoring record there has ever been.’

285. ‘I know I could have done 100 mph, but I have broken the record and that is the most important thing.’

286. ‘A fitness fanatic has broken the world record for the most chin-ups done in one hour.’

287. ‘It broke the previous record for the world's largest choir last Christmas with 6,846 young voices at the Manchester Evening News Arena.’

288. ‘Thereafter, I broke the lap record five times and still only finished fourth, so that demonstrates what small margins you are operating within.’

289. ‘She broke her own record of 4.89 m which she set in Birmingham on Sunday.’

290. ‘He got into the final with an Olympic record, and then broke the Olympic record again to get the gold medal.’

291. ‘He broke the lap record four times, the first coming in lap one from a standing start, the second in lap two.’

292. ‘People forget that this team broke all sorts of try-scoring records.’

293. ‘He broke the club's try-scoring record last season but has been sidelined this term after undergoing a knee reconstruction.’

294. ‘The unbeatable women's softball team won a third straight gold, breaking 18 Olympic records in the process.’

295. ‘When an athlete breaks a world record, the previous record-holder's title is eclipsed.’

296. ‘Traders who break the law by selling to children risk a £5,000 fine and six months imprisonment.’

297. ‘‘Many doctors did not realise they were breaking the law by failing to seek the consent of relatives,’ he reported.’

298. ‘I observe how society keeps breaking the rules.’

299. ‘And police are urging people to call them if they suspect someone is regularly breaking the law by drink-driving.’

300. ‘Do you regularly break the rules or minor laws rather than put up with the frustration of obeying them?’

301. ‘The company failed to meet deadline requirements and broke the agreements.’

302. ‘This past summer, the legislature broke the agreement.’

303. ‘These players are breaking the rules.’

304. ‘I turn now to the matter of fines for such things as wilful desertion, breaking lease, breaking the agreement, or failing to attend the tribunal or mediation.’

305. ‘If the country were a separate member of the European Union, it would be facing certain prosecution for breaking environmental law.’

306. ‘It seems there's little incentive to adhere to the law, especially when breaking the rules makes such good business sense.’

307. ‘What the judges, politicians and others concerned need to remember is a burglar is breaking the law and must be prosecuted.’

308. ‘Agreements are broken, witnesses held in contempt, there is respect for no one.’

309. ‘They're certainly breaking their contractual agreement with the bank by participating in these rebate schemes.’

310. ‘Police say that anyone caught breaking the law could be liable for prosecution or given an official warning.’

311. ‘He said he believed it was impossible to do the journey in under 10 hours unless he broke the speed limit.’

312. ‘He walked free from court after a jury cleared him of breaking the Official Secrets Act.’

313. ‘The authorities will be able to deport a harmless Egyptian cabbie who came to Britain as an economic migrant, for breaking immigration rules.’

314. ‘Clubs could choose to terminate contracts, if players break them.’

315. ‘At an emotional news conference, members of the women's eight apologised for breaking national Olympic rules and expressed regret at condemning their team mate.’

316. ‘She resists the urge to break her diet.’

317. ‘I didn't realize Vikki wasn't willing to break her healthy habits and was unable to convince her to share fish 'n chips with me.’

318. ‘It is no wonder that winter time is when most people break their exercise routines, start unhealthy eating habits and gain weight.’

319. ‘When I look at her I just think that at some point her spirit was broken and then, well, this is what became of her.’

320. ‘Anne's spirit could not be broken.’

321. ‘She was going to prove he hadn't broken her spirit.’

322. ‘However you see the work, its implication is that the spirit cannot be broken.’

323. ‘Never ridicule a woman - it breaks her spirit and cuts her efficiency.’

324. ‘They're breaking them, their spirit, their minds, their psyche.’

325. ‘If they thought that would break my spirit, they got it wrong.’

326. ‘They remember being kept desperately hungry all the time, as part of a ploy to break their spirits.’

327. ‘I write this letter as a mother, a mother whose spirit is broken, a mother who has to keep her child in the house in fear of losing her.’

328. ‘You've stolen his dignity, shattered his emotions and broken his spirit, how much more do you want?’

329. ‘After months with no sales, his spirit was broken and he gave up.’

330. ‘But it stands to reason that if your spirit is broken by misery and the side effects of treatment, then you will not do well.’

331. ‘She had seen many things there that broke her spirit and took away her faith in humanity, but knew that there was still good left in the world.’

332. ‘There is little that life can throw at him which can break his spirit.’

333. ‘The rest of us suffer while they try to break our spirits and brainwash us.’

334. ‘These were trials that would have broken the spirit of most people.’

335. ‘You broke my heart much like you broke the spirits of your people.’

336. ‘Such privations by no means broke the spirit of the people.’

337. ‘While they were successful in obtaining Rich's resignation, they could not break his spirit.’

338. ‘Her control broke and she hit him hard across the face.’

339. ‘The words died on her tongue, and all of her well-trained control broke.’

340. ‘Once in his room, Tony's fragile control broke, tears quickly blinding him.’

341. ‘The phone clicked back into place as Jackie crumpled onto the floor, her composure finally breaking.’

342. ‘They know that this could break the movement and we are afraid that it will work.’

343. ‘The bourgeoisie are agreed that the only solution is a dictatorship that crushes and breaks the workers' movement.’

344. ‘Government indifference and racist violence did not break the movement - in fact it radicalised it.’

345. ‘True, he broke the power of the trade unions but the result was near total economic collapse.’

346. ‘It was also viewed by its architects as a way to break the power of the elite, who are still very much in control.’

347. ‘Worse still, soldiers were used to break strikes: workers and peasants were set to fight one another in the clothes of striker and soldier.’

348. ‘It was also utilised to break strikes by workers agitating for better working conditions and wages.’

349. ‘Workers established the picket in order to prevent the company breaking the strike with replacement drivers.’

350. ‘During the strike workers condemned management appeals to private sector workers to break the strike.’

351. ‘The union claims that management has begun recruiting casual workers to break the strike.’

352. ‘A convoy of police cars escorted trucks and vans full of workers sent by other apple growers to break the strike.’

353. ‘Clearly this was a crude attempt to break the strike.’

354. ‘On January 3 management sent out more than 200 dismissal notices in an attempt to break the strike.’

355. ‘That night the cabinet rounded up the strike leaders and flooded Glasgow with tanks and trainloads of troops to break the strike.’

356. ‘In an attempt to break the strike, the airlines flew in baggage-handling personnel from abroad.’

357. ‘The service drafted in prison officers to work in kitchens in an attempt to break the strike.’

358. ‘In El Salvador riot police broke a medical workers strike by occupying clinics in February.’

359. ‘The school management has drawn up plans to try to break Thursday's strike by bringing in supply teachers.’

360. ‘The company has turned to the state government and courts to help break the strike.’

361. ‘He betrayed his former socialist beliefs by breaking a strike of railwaymen in 1910.’

362. ‘How dare you support a union that helped to break a strike?’

363. ‘Strikers were disgusted to hear that journalists were being paid £100 per day extra to break the strike.’

364. ‘Management attempted to use 40 workers brought over from Holland last week to break the strike.’

365. ‘The council is attempting to break the strike by opening three out of seven libraries with casual staff.’

366. ‘A lot of friendships were broken through people breaking the strike.’

367. ‘The hot spell had broken and now the weather was bearable again.’

368. ‘The heatwave broke and it was gorgeous running weather this morning.’

369. ‘The hot weather has definitely broken and it's jumpers before sunset, but only just before.’

370. ‘When the weather broke, a strong, cooling wind came up, and Dolly and I were much more comfortable than of late.’

371. ‘Fearing a curse, the townspeople fled in terror as soon as the weather broke.’

372. ‘He said he was not worried about the weekend's sunny weather breaking as there was plenty of room to shelter from showers in the stands.’

373. ‘The weather broke on 3 September, and clouds of dust were turned into glutinous mud.’

374. ‘The main reason for the haste was the weather which could have broken at any time bringing all haulage work on the soft bog to an end.’

375. ‘That meant withholding some of the farmers' irrigation water and sending it downriver - at least until the drought broke.’

376. ‘Even so, I managed to do it, even as the first rains of the season broke across the South Bay.’

377. ‘This great weather is sure to break soon so lets all enjoy it while it lasts.’

378. ‘The rain breaks long enough for me to dash to the supermarket.’

379. ‘If the drought has now broken, why are you predicting this food crisis will last until April?’

380. ‘And in the meantime the drought has broken and the farmers are clamouring for seed so they can get a crop.’

381. ‘The drought has broken again, just when everyone wondered if it ever would.’

382. ‘Soon afterward, the drought broke and the area teemed once more with life.’

383. ‘The heatwave has broken, the temperature has dropped, the sun has clouded over and the pavements are wet.’

384. ‘This drought broke emphatically in February 1973, with exceptional rainfall over South Australia and the eastern states.’

385. ‘Impatiently we wait for the weather to break, for we know all too well how much work needs to be done.’

386. ‘This morning, in Winchester, the dry spell broke and there was rain.’

387. ‘A mild thunderstorm has just broken out over west London, minutes after I got home.’

388. ‘On the way to the airport, a colossal thunderstorm broke.’

389. ‘A huge thunderstorm broke over St. George's early this morning.’

390. ‘As he climbed into his campaign bus a thunderstorm broke over the city.’

391. ‘A storm broke, sending them home early, but they got caught crossing a rapidly rising creek.’

392. ‘They left and soon after the storm broke.’

393. ‘However, at that same moment, a thunderstorm broke loose around them.’

394. ‘The storm broke as she arrived at the house, and the sudden downpour soaked her between the taxi and the front door.’

395. ‘Looking down from the mouth of the pass, I could see now that a lot of our members wouldn't make it before the storm broke.’

396. ‘The sudden thunderstorm broke at approximately 4.30 pm caused flooding of up to two feet in some areas.’

397. ‘As I headed toward the forest, a tremendous thunderstorm broke.’

398. ‘People walked by on the sidewalks, running errands, trying to get home before the storm broke.’

399. ‘As soon as they had left the field, the storm broke and there was torrential rain.’

400. ‘Just after I left the site a huge thunderstorm broke over Greensboro which continued through the dusk.’

401. ‘During the night a storm broke, and the bungalow leaked badly.’

402. ‘While we were dining in the hotel's restaurant the usual evening thunderstorm broke, along with a blinding downpour.’

403. ‘Whales were almost completely absent the day before a storm broke, and the numbers migrating slowly increased once it was over.’

404. ‘But just as the Queen was about to arrive in her carriage a thunderstorm broke, forcing everyone to run for cover.’

405. ‘The storm broke the next morning.’

406. ‘On August 20 a terrific hurricane broke over the mountains.’

407. ‘When day broke, the summer dawn could not penetrate the leaden gloom above the city.’

408. ‘Dawn was breaking as Marie rose from her first restful night's sleep in two weeks.’

409. ‘Dawn was a few hours away but when the day broke he knew his cover wouldn't last for long.’

410. ‘When dawn broke, he rose stiffly, and stretched his aching limbs.’

411. ‘Americans will be at their desks on Christmas Eve and back, as ever, when dawn breaks on Boxing Day.’

412. ‘I was woken by dawn breaking.’

413. ‘Once I witnessed the dawn breaking as I went out to check a sickly lamb.’

414. ‘Numerous teams of volunteers set off armed with litter-pickers and bags as dawn was breaking.’

415. ‘Seagulls from Cork harbour were flying overhead and the dawn was breaking.’

416. ‘Dawn began to break as we approached Cape May, New Jersey, and soon the sun was up.’

417. ‘Birds started singing because they thought dawn had broken.’

418. ‘By the time dawn broke over the notorious stretch of the Lancashire coast any chance of survival had ebbed away for those still out at sea.’

419. ‘The journey down wasn't too bad and I only started to notice the traffic as I crossed the Severn Bridge as dawn was breaking.’

420. ‘Police cordoned off the area overnight and as dawn broke, forensic investigations began at the crime scene.’

421. ‘As day broke, the eyes of news outlets were focused on New Orleans, the biggest city threatened by the storm and the city with the biggest potential for disaster.’

422. ‘Dawn was breaking, and the pale pink sunrise brushed its fingers of light over everything.’

423. ‘When dawn began to break, I guarded the controls and let my pilot continue with the approach.’

424. ‘As day broke, the sun came out, and so did the insects.’

425. ‘Dawn broke and weak light filtered over the horizon.’

426. ‘Daylight began to break, as tired pastel rays of sunlight fell upon Anna's face.’

427. ‘These build and swell into clouds, suddenly breaking apart and dispersing unexpectedly.’

428. ‘The grey, looming clouds began to break apart and the blue sky of winter slowly began to show.’

429. ‘The clouds broke apart and never dropped their rain.’

430. ‘Despite my earlier reluctance to face the wintry conditions, it was curiously exhilarating to battle through the snowdrifts and clouds and arrive by the summit just as the clouds broke.’

431. ‘But when Ronnie came forward, the clouds broke and the sun came out.’

432. ‘Glancing through the window he saw the cloud breaking and above he could make out the faint glimmer of stars.’

433. ‘The clouds broke over the vast ranch lands of the Wet Valley.’

434. ‘At last, below him the clouds broke and he could see where he came from.’

435. ‘It was a full moon and we were probably spotted when the clouds broke.’

436. ‘The clouds are breaking and it's time for me to go flying.’

437. ‘The clouds had broken and a corner of blue sky was peeping out towards the west.’

438. ‘The clouds broke, and the fair moon shone through.’

439. ‘In the early afternoon, the clouds broke and the sun blazed.’

440. ‘In all the time we've lived here, not once has the cloud cover broken.’

441. ‘It rained and snowed the whole next day, but as night set in, the clouds began to break.’

442. ‘However at 3:15 pm the clouds finally broke and he was allowed half an hour of uninterrupted viewing before sunset.’

443. ‘The rain had stopped and the clouds broke to let a Sunday afternoon sun out.’

444. ‘As we talked, the clouds started to break for the first time.’

445. ‘Once the fog broke and he could see the harbor stretching out in front of him he turned left and peered into the windows of the first bar he came upon.’

446. ‘Every now and then the fog would break for a moment, exposing the mountain range looming in the distance.’

447. ‘Even in calm seas, the waves breaking over a reef are dangerous.’

448. ‘Turning his face towards the sea, he watched the low waves breaking on the sea wall.’

449. ‘His pace was brisk and he did not seem to appreciate the music of the sea waves breaking against the parapet.’

450. ‘In creative visualization, the meditator forms a mental picture that conveys relaxation, such as waves breaking gently on the sand.’

451. ‘It's like going out into the sea and letting the waves break over you.’

452. ‘Waves broke against the dark rocks to her left, and foamed and swirled like a jacuzzi.’

453. ‘Waves broke constantly over the deck, washing whole groups of terrified passengers overboard.’

454. ‘These waves break far from the shore, and the surf gently rolls over the front of the wave.’

455. ‘As each wave breaks over the sand, it brings in a fresh cargo of wriggling fish to the shore.’

456. ‘The waves sparkled as they broke against the sea wall.’

457. ‘They could see huge waves breaking over the main harbour and tossing ships about like tiny corks.’

458. ‘We were standing near the beach watching the embers of someone else's fire and listening to waves break on the shingle.’

459. ‘The beach is wide and large and the waves break far out.’

460. ‘The image most people have of a tsunami is a large, steep wave breaking on the shore.’

461. ‘The wave breaks over my head, but I'm still upright.’

462. ‘It is a bit windy but the waves are breaking nicely.’

463. ‘Standing on the cliff, you see the waves breaking at the shore down below.’

464. ‘The waves break on the rocky shoreline as the tide comes in.’

465. ‘We were told that in the very worst weather, the waves broke over the dunes and splashed the windows.’

466. ‘It is void of any traffic at this hour, with - the waves out there have begun to break further and further out.’

467. ‘At that point her voice broke and her emotions took control.’

468. ‘His voice broke as he fought back emotions to tell an Old Bailey jury of the boy's last words.’

469. ‘She'd called me up, her voice breaking and shaking, I could tell she was hurt.’

470. ‘Here, my voice broke as I let my emotions through for the first time in a year.’

471. ‘Her voice trembled and broke at times, but she consistently looked upon Angie's face with eagerness.’

472. ‘Her voice broke as she said this, and she blinked.’

473. ‘Alex's voice broke and his hand's shook as he stood up.’

474. ‘At this, her voice broke, and tears streamed down her face.’

475. ‘Rebecca's voice broke and her sobs took place of her voice.’

476. ‘Her voice broke and she struggled to get it back.’

477. ‘Her voice broke and she buried her face in her hands, the memories that seemed to have been lost for some time finally made themselves known in her mind.’

478. ‘As she looked at her husband, her voice broke and the tears came.’

479. ‘Her mother's voice broke helplessly, and she blinked rapidly, pulling her daughter in for a tight embrace.’

480. ‘Mary's voice broke and she rested her forehead against her hands again.’

481. ‘His voice broke and he put his face in his hands and sobbed uncontrollably.’

482. ‘His voice broke slightly as he said this and he cleared his throat.’

483. ‘Her voice broke and she looked away angrily as tears filled her eyes.’

484. ‘‘It's all right, I forgive you… I forgive you,’ he said, his voice breaking.’

485. ‘‘It's all right, sweetheart,’ he murmured, his voice breaking slightly as his own eyes filled up with tears.’

486. ‘Her voice broke despairingly, as the depression of the last few days threatened to overwhelm her again.’

487. ‘He turned professional at the age of 12 but had to ‘retire’ when his voice broke at 16.’

488. ‘He was now 14, and his voice was breaking.’

489. ‘What I didn't reckon on was that this hormonal upheaval was also going to result in my voice breaking.’

490. ‘And trust me, even now that his voice has broken he's still capable of making busy note runs sound simple and gorgeous.’

491. ‘There, especially after his voice broke and shattered his hopes of a singing career, he knocked on every door he could find in a bid to get powerful patrons.’

492. ‘In many (but not all) accents of English, a similar breaking happens to tense vowels before l.’

493. ‘breaking of a short vowel gives a short diphthong.’

494. ‘There is a considerable variation in breaking between different dialects and different generations of speakers.’

495. ‘If price breaks above the high, a bullish bias is adopted.’

496. ‘What traders want to confirm is that the price is indeed falling and will break back through the upper trendline.’

497. ‘The latest bear market is now in its ninth week, while the Dow has broken well below its post-11 September trough.’

498. ‘If there is enough resistance to stop prices from breaking above this line, do not enter long positions.’

499. ‘He is said to have been regularly in tears since news of the scandal broke.’

500. ‘Since news of the scandal broke, the company has been forced to fire two of its executives and to demand the resignation of its chairman.’

501. ‘A federal investigator was on campus within 48 hours after news broke about the scandal.’

502. ‘Members of the club's senior team were on route to Athenry for the match when news of the tragedy broke.’

503. ‘Some of the women were released after the scandal broke.’

504. ‘When news of the riots broke, there was obviously significant coverage given to the story by UK broadcast media.’

505. ‘News of the latest scandal broke on Sunday, just weeks after South Africa won the right to stage the 2010 soccer World Cup.’

506. ‘At home in Harrogate, Leon's mother watched as news of the disaster broke, knowing of her son's plan to dive on Boxing Day.’

507. ‘When the news broke on Wednesday, the Treasury took refuge in the fact that it was budget day to excuse the fact that it had nothing to say.’

508. ‘Later, when the tragic news broke, we agreed to put on the fundraising event.’

509. ‘Once the news broke, emails and phone calls started pouring in from well-wishers.’

510. ‘I am angrier today than I was when this scandal broke.’

511. ‘‘It's amazing that until this news broke there was no talk about the Olympic Games,’ he said.’

512. ‘The news broke that London would host the Olympic Games.’

513. ‘Anyone who was around at that time but not directly involved in the madness can remember where they were and what they were doing when the shocking news broke.’

514. ‘Indeed, the Presidential Palace has remained notably tight-lipped since the scandal broke.’

515. ‘Yet from the moment the story broke every paper seems to be finding multiple sources who are willing to talk freely about minute details of the case.’

516. ‘When the revelations regarding his alleged misconduct broke, the paper clearly felt itself under immense pressure.’

517. ‘That morning a story had broken in the papers that made the former Premier the journalistic prey of the day.’

518. ‘After the story broke, leading papers including the New York Times picked it up.’

519. ‘Referring to fatal accidents Chief Supt Carey added: ‘I have dealt with several fatal accidents and nobody can imagine what it is like having to break such terrible news to a family.’’

520. ‘I was just about to break the terrible news to her when her cat strolled casually around the corner of the house.’

521. ‘In an interview, she said doctors broke the news to them last week that their two-month-old tot Harvey had been born with a rare condition that means he will face a lifetime of darkness.’

522. ‘The board's chief executive broke the news to staff in on Tuesday morning.’

523. ‘When he returned to Germany for the Christmas holiday, he broke the news to her that he had been asked to stay for another two-and-a-half years.’

524. ‘It was only then that Elaine broke the news to her parents and her sisters and brothers.’

525. ‘Managers broke the news to staff on Monday afternoon, hours after drivers were ordered not to deliver goods until cash on previous orders was collected.’

526. ‘Police broke the news to her father and mother today.’

527. ‘Bosses broke the news to workers at a meeting for all 500 employees last night.’

528. ‘He was devastated when a doctor first broke the news to him.’

529. ‘Anyhow, I broke the news to him in a very compassionate way, and gave him whatever counselling I could.’

530. ‘When the chaps emerged from their meeting, I broke the news to them.’

531. ‘She broke the news to them last Monday in a meeting with the entire team.’

532. ‘Then when the time was right, we broke the news to them, and carefully monitored the response over several days.’

533. ‘When we broke the news to her mother, she said her daughter would never do something like that.’

534. ‘Her husband broke the news to her, and the couple celebrated by putting the kettle on and sitting down with a cup of tea.’

535. ‘One day his brother came and broke the news to her, but it took a few days to sink in.’

536. ‘Alan eventually broke the news to her over a cup of coffee when they got home.’

537. ‘She said it had been very emotional when they broke the news to residents on Tuesday.’

538. ‘But later that evening the police came and broke the bad news to him, he said.’

539. ‘He broke from the halfway line but held onto the ball too long with support on hand.’

540. ‘Six riders broke from a lead group of 15 and worked well together to maintain a healthy advantage going into the run.’

541. ‘This inspirational player broke round the blind side and was stopped just short of the try line.’

542. ‘Three riders broke clear on the fifth lap of the second event.’

543. ‘They broke quickly after clearing a corner.’

544. ‘They win it back and again try to break quickly.’

545. ‘The home side broke quickly from defence and took the lead in the 33rd minute.’

546. ‘He broke forwards again to force home the rebound.’

547. ‘She broke from deep down the right wing and shot wide.’

548. ‘Two riders broke clear with a 20 second lead.’

549. ‘He then broke and off-loaded to Moran to go in under the posts.’

550. ‘They broke quickly but Morgan's drive rattled the post.’

551. ‘From the start the pace was on with four competitors breaking clear of the pack and setting a blistering pace.’

552. ‘The outlet player passes to a lane player who is breaking to the basket, and makes a lay-up.’

553. ‘He broke clear to score his 27th goal of the season and wrap up the win.’

554. ‘A couple of minutes later and the home side broke quickly from a free-kick into their own box.’

555. ‘Steeton proved to be a very good counter attacking team and were at their most dangerous when breaking from their own penalty area.’

556. ‘Neville ran up and down the wing like a teenager, always giving an option and ready to break past the full-back.’

557. ‘Then Campbell scored a last-minute winner that wasn't allowed and was wheeling away in celebration when they broke upfield.’

558. ‘Full back Tony Simpson broke well down the right wing, and passed inside to Michael Carr.’

559. ‘Will there emerge a spinner who breaks the ball so sharply that he needs no fielders on one side of the wicket?’

560. ‘This is done by twisting the wrist at the moment of delivery so that the ball breaks when it strikes with the pitch.’

561. ‘How much the ball breaks will often depend on the kind of pitch it is.’

562. ‘From a Korean free-kick on the right, the ball breaks to Lee on the edge of the box.’

563. ‘The ball breaks to Owen on the left of the Argentinian box.’

564. ‘The ball broke among a swarm of backs and forwards.’

565. ‘He finished in style when the ball broke to him.’

566. ‘The ball broke to him on the right of the box.’

567. ‘Because of their short durations, the motor tests were not interrupted by breaks.’

568. ‘He was educated in local schools with intermittent breaks.’

569. ‘It can be a positive thing - adrenaline helps us get things done - but not if it continues without a break.’

570. ‘I started working in 1959 at the age of 16 and have done so continuously without a break.’

571. ‘After a break of several months, he tried to ride a bike again and realised how unfit he was.’

572. ‘It will be the 35th anniversary of the event being revived after a break of several years.’

573. ‘And the striker will be particularly keen to avoid any breaks from first team action.’

574. ‘She was soon put under house arrest, where she has remained, with a few breaks, ever since.’

575. ‘As a break from my habitual states of enthusiasm, excitement, anger or inertia, I decided to attempt an intellectual exercise.’

576. ‘You may be heading for mountains or beaches or an amusement park but you want to have a break from the ordinary grind of life.’

577. ‘For some guys, it's also a nice break from having to take the lead.’

578. ‘One table had an older family, taking a break from cooking at home.’

579. ‘This is an ideal way to spend a day with a friend, a family member or indeed with someone who would just appreciate a break from routine.’

580. ‘To provide a break from their daily routine, they are taken for a visit to the zoo, park, coconut farms and theme parks.’

581. ‘It also gives people a break from the grinding chores of daily life.’

582. ‘The diesel service had the advantage of speedier and more frequent runs, and allowed running for long periods without immediate breaks for servicing.’

583. ‘Repaving work that has so far cost £2.2m is restarting following a break over the Christmas period.’

584. ‘It's just never been easy, and I've been bound to this child for six months without any break.’

585. ‘I had worked on the story over a period of several months with several long breaks.’

586. ‘After a three-year break they decided to put this popular event back on the track!’

587. ‘This represented a break with 1900 years of complete Christian consensus.’

588. ‘In a break with tradition, the Welsh Rugby Union has decided to make tickets for Six Nations matches available to the general public via their internet site.’

589. ‘We may need to make a break with the past and with past evidence.’

590. ‘Since this break from the rules and formalities of European culture, Americans have never looked back.’

591. ‘The filmmakers were making a break from the ironclad Soviet cinematic ideology.’

592. ‘All in all, his break from his instrumental past proves moving and well judged.’

593. ‘The weather remained gloomy, with small breaks of sunshine.’

594. ‘After a week of waiting, there was a break in the weather.’

595. ‘Everywhere, the streets were filled with people, enjoying — at last — a break in the rain.’

596. ‘After two very wet months will we get a break in the bad weather?’

597. ‘In particular, he had to decide how to sequence the stories and ads on any given page, and when to put in line breaks.’

598. ‘How many page breaks can exist in a chapter?’

599. ‘He has made a fairly close, but not exact, approximation of page breaks, and preserved the numbering system fairly well.’

600. ‘When it works, line breaks will be changed into paragraphs, and links will be allowed in comments.’

601. ‘Sorry if my transitions between page breaks aren't very orderly.’

602. ‘His prose, rich in dialect and at times fragmented into poetic line breaks, is well worth the time required to fully comprehend its rhythms.’

603. ‘As well as the titles I have cut out a couple of line breaks, it's an attempt to make it all look a little better, I'll reserve judgement for now, things could change back.’

604. ‘The line length gives some formatting problems, requiring the use of a small typeface if there are to be no unplanned line breaks.’

605. ‘They also need to sort out the length of their paragraphs and proof reading generally, this article in particular gave me a migraine with its lack of line breaks.’

606. ‘Blank verse like this is like tennis without the net; it is prose with line breaks.’

607. ‘Rather than slow down the reading pace, the sound shape of the poem intensifies the oral density of each line, somehow nearly erasing the line breaks.’

608. ‘A concise and true statement for a book largely filled with poems that read more like essays with poetic line breaks.’

609. ‘The column is a little hard to read since the Times website has inexplicably removed all the paragraph breaks, but it's worth plowing through anyway.’

610. ‘Her line breaks are uniquely hers, beautifully jolting without any winking self-congratulation.’

611. ‘Paragraph breaks have been inserted for clarity’

612. ‘WordPerfect allows you to mark a block of text as not permitted to be interrupted by a page break.’

613. ‘Place the text description first, followed by a line break, and then the select menu.’

614. ‘We removed the spaces between words and inserted arbitrary line breaks.’

615. ‘The ‘preview’ mode can't cope with line breaks; however, line breaks do appear correctly after the comment has been published.’

616. ‘It should be in a very readable state, with page breaks and titles for each page.’

617. ‘I picked up on the urgency in her voice, detecting emotional breaks.’

618. ‘There was a break in her voice as if she were going to burst out crying.’

619. ‘There was a break in his voice when he bade farewell to the reporters.’

620. ‘A dead light-bulb is a break in the circuit, so that will also stop the current.’

621. ‘A switch is a break in the circuit that stops the electrons from flowing.’

622. ‘The break in the electric circuit had not been closed by pressure on the trip wire.’

623. ‘He is a model of calmness on court in the third set and secures the crucial break of serve in game seven’

624. ‘The 22-year-old crawled back to 3-4 with a service break in the seventh game.’

625. ‘The final set was decided by a single break of serve in the ninth game, achieved with a spectacular running forehand down the line.’

626. ‘She managed to pull off a decisive break of serve in the 11th game, and kept her nerves cool to get the job done in the next one.’

627. ‘Both men refused to yield in a dead-level opening set completed without a single break of serve.’

628. ‘And I really find that I put so much into it when I am painting that I have to take a break from it.’

629. ‘Taking a break from signing autographs, he seemed pleased with the way things had gone.’

630. ‘Students come here to eat, drink and take a break from school work.’

631. ‘The students have been urged to take a break from revision.’

632. ‘We usually manage to get through another few cups as the day goes on, as a boost for flagging energy levels, perhaps, or an excuse to take a break from work.’

633. ‘Many parents worry that their kids won't return to their studies after taking a break from them.’

634. ‘I needed a break from studying.’

635. ‘When I take a break from studying and go online, I'm still doing something stimulating.’

636. ‘Stopping staff having a quick surf on the Web will probably only result in more chatting around the company coffee machine or extended loo breaks.’

637. ‘When you see a colleague struggling, walk him to the vending machine for a break.’

638. ‘Having set up the venue themselves, they left for a break but on their return found the hall locked again.’

639. ‘Stressed-out homemakers can now take a break and leave the iron in the closet.’

640. ‘The Maltese weather and lifestyle also call for afternoon breaks, when shop owners close and the island people rest.’

641. ‘Usually I read the papers on line at lunch break, and read the print version in the pub after work.’

642. ‘Doing the shopping could be as easy as picking up an order that you mailed ahead during a lunch break.’

643. ‘This enables more efficient scheduling of breaks, meetings and training sessions, further optimizing agents' schedules.’

644. ‘At the end of the day the High Court had to take into account the fact that teachers need a break too.’

645. ‘On Saturday morning, a woman visits the family home for about four hours in order to give the parents a brief break.’

646. ‘Advise the patient to minimise time spent with flexed or extended wrists and to take frequent breaks.’

647. ‘The clientele were predominantly student-types and twentysomethings, some working, others just taking a break.’

648. ‘A moment later, the break bell rang.’

649. ‘Infant teachers who read it aloud in class were begged to continue when the bell rang for break.’

650. ‘Just as she began to mull over this new development, the bell rang for first break.’

651. ‘The bell rang for break time, it seemed, in record time this morning.’

652. ‘The one thing she didn't like about being a teacher was grading papers over break.’

653. ‘The ten-year-old has been selling tickets to her classmates during her lunch break at St Anne Line school in Wickhay, Basildon.’

654. ‘I think I had wept all the tears out of me during second period and break and lunch.’

655. ‘Her stomach was full of butterflies, because first period was about to let out for break.’

656. ‘I looked for you every chance I got, and saw you at break after second period.’

657. ‘While the number of Irish holidaymakers enjoying short breaks or full-week stays in the region was up, there was a drop-off in visitors from abroad.’

658. ‘I know that people travel from far and wide to enjoy short breaks and long holidays in our beautiful and historic city.’

659. ‘People are taking shorter holidays so city breaks are more popular.’

660. ‘If you're planning a short weekend break to Amsterdam, there are a lot of places you shouldn't miss.’

661. ‘It's time to consider some time off and we're thinking about a short break to Germany.’

662. ‘Weekend breaks are available for about £160 for a double room for two nights.’

663. ‘It was a relaxing break and well needed respite for both of us.’

664. ‘They have put together three different kinds of good-value breaks.’

665. ‘Cities Direct promises a uniquely different time with breaks to Belgium.’

666. ‘The couple went on a break to Paris in September 2002, but split up within a fortnight of their return, jurors heard.’

667. ‘He is delighted to be back, but he did enjoy his break very much, and the weather suited him very well.’

668. ‘He also stressed that the bad weather might afford people the opportunity to avail of cheap breaks within the region.’

669. ‘With the recent weather conditions and the Christmas break they have had a well earned rest.’

670. ‘She said they feared Chinese students going home for the Easter break could become infected and pass on the virus when they returned to college.’

671. ‘Will people want to honour her, as they did then, or will the extended bank holiday designated for this purpose simply pass off as a pleasant break?’

672. ‘Then on Monday schools in the Paris region returned from their Easter break, and young students marched out of classes in their tens of thousands.’

673. ‘So the summer break seemed an ideal opportunity to visit the outlaws, my partner's parents, and brush up on the German.’

674. ‘Bryan, who is son of Michael and Carmel Reidy, went to New York in the early 1980s on a summer break from college.’

675. ‘We look forward to organising similar activities during the summer break.’

676. ‘All I plan to do is enjoy my summer break and wait and see what happens.’

677. ‘She is a fine pianist, straddling jazz, pop and classical styles, and the instrumental breaks on her debut album are solid.’

678. ‘The song, with the addition of a long instrumental solo break, drove the lyrical quality of the song to the heart.’

679. ‘Tracks on the album tend to feature brief lyric verses interspersed with longer instrumental breaks.’

680. ‘Some of the songs are also too long and would benefit from shorter instrumental breaks.’

681. ‘Also included is some of the music whose breaks and bridges formed the basis for this new music.’

682. ‘Towards the western end of the ramparts there is an obvious break where a path leads through rocky portals to gain a grassy bealach.’

683. ‘Eventually there came a break in the cloud below and I spotted a reservoir which I thought I recognized from a previous flight.’

684. ‘On the opposite shore, I could make out a small railway bridge through a break in the trees.’

685. ‘The saplings can survive for decades in the shade, waiting for a break in the canopy and a chance to join their relatives in the sunlight.’

686. ‘A break in the crowd gave me a full view of her as she stepped briskly down the steps, with her small square leather bag in her hand.’

687. ‘We are taught from a young age to look both ways and to wait for a break in the traffic before crossing a street.’

688. ‘For instance, if the break is clean and not frayed, he knows the frame has been knocked off the wall.’

689. ‘The bird had a fractured leg where breaks commonly occur in leg trap injuries.’

690. ‘In severe breaks, the broken bone may be poking through the skin.’

691. ‘I could see Rachel had severe breaks to both her legs and my wife was lying motionless.’

692. ‘The seven breaks to his leg have been pinned and wired and his leg fitted is with a metal frame.’

693. ‘She has been in intensive care at the hospital ever since, suffering horrendous breaks to her left leg, pelvis, ribs and shoulder.’

694. ‘He is set to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a serious break to his right leg.’

695. ‘He sustained a double break to his leg.’

696. ‘I was looking for breaks and bleeding, but there weren't any.’

697. ‘Troops demonstrated their first aid skills, showing Prince Charles how they have been learning to cope with dislocations and breaks.’

698. ‘He suffered several breaks on both feet and legs, hips, pelvis and left arm.’

699. ‘He thought he had only sprained an ankle but doctors at a local clinic took several x-rays and told him he had suffered a break.’

700. ‘He knew that the pain in the shoulder and arm meant at least sprains, if not dislocations and breaks.’

701. ‘Over time, the area of detachment increases as more fluid passes through the retinal break.’

702. ‘Use an electric shaver instead of a razor to prevent breaks or cuts in your skin.’

703. ‘Railroad officials plan to replace eight miles of track after test results Thursday showed internal cracks and breaks not apparent by visual inspection.’

704. ‘A bone break or crack occurs when a force deforms the bone beyond its normal elastic limit.’

705. ‘The City sent out a crew to repair the break, and a temporary patch was applied to the hole.’

706. ‘Thus, these pipes need frequent examination in case of sudden breaks.’

707. ‘After a bone fracture, new bone cells fill the gap and repair the break.’

708. ‘In the first half he made several breaks to launch English attacks.’

709. ‘A single striker was aided by breaks from the wide players whenever they dared.’

710. ‘They combined as early as the third minute, a break by the scrum half putting Dixon through a gap to score.’

711. ‘Inside the first three minutes of the second half Arsenal had the lead from one of their fine breaks.’

712. ‘The scrum-half made several telling breaks to earn the Man-of-the-Match award.’

713. ‘Although Newcastle dominated much of the action, early breaks by second row Chris Jones provided a hint of what might be to come later.’

714. ‘A fine break by the full back saw him brought down illegally when a certain try for the visitors looked on.’

715. ‘Jones converted, and then raced clear to the corner following a fine break by Judge.’

716. ‘He missed a simple looking penalty before making the break that put his team on the attack.’

717. ‘He finished off a fine break by Hodgson to score at the posts and Hodgson added the conversion.’

718. ‘On eleven minutes, prop Alistair Livesey plunged over from a break by number eight Andy Monighan, converted by Jones.’

719. ‘By simply pushing the pace of the game, a faster team can create enough breaks to change the outcome of a game.’

720. ‘For the Cougar faithful he brought back memories of Martin Wood, a player capable of making vital breaks, drawing the defence and creating space for his team mates to exploit.’

721. ‘They were already showing signs of taking control, with flowing passes and rapid breaks from midfield.’

722. ‘They looked certain to score again when he made a swift break but the final pass went into touch.’

723. ‘He made a break and passed the ball inside.’

724. ‘It would open up the ice for a big play, the long pass and a quick break.’

725. ‘The fly half made the break, but his pass was ruled forward.’

726. ‘He made a superb break only for the final pass to go astray.’

727. ‘He made a fine break but fumbled the pass.’

728. ‘He said it was possible that weapons used in the prison break could have been introduced to the property through the gaping fence.’

729. ‘When local residents expressed concern after the prison break, the company simply shrugged it off.’

730. ‘Up to this point, two-thirds of the way in, the focus of the film was the actual prison break.’

731. ‘One American soldier was injured in the attempted prison break.’

732. ‘A dispatcher at the County Jail foiled an attempted break by as many as five men from the fourth-floor maximum security cell block.’

733. ‘For a young person like Jane, getting a break - an opportunity to prove her talent - is a huge issue.’

734. ‘The story that got me my break was published in an anthology by Vintage.’

735. ‘Those who pass out from her academy will be guaranteed an acting break.’

736. ‘It's an unconventional way of working which seems to have brought him plenty of acclaim at the same time as giving other artists their breaks.’

737. ‘He is a former policeman who got his first breaks in business through contracts with the police and military.’

738. ‘After attending workshops with the dancers for many months, he finally got his break.’

739. ‘The aspiring singer-dancer-actor got his break as a replacement in Hair.’

740. ‘He got his break in 1944 with When Strangers Marry, a film noir and eventually a cult classic.’

741. ‘There were stints as a trainee barman, as a telegram boy, and in a men's clothes shop before he got his break at 17.’

742. ‘My break came in the late 1960s, when I was a senior project manager at JC Penney.’

743. ‘After scoring a break of 118 in the opening frame yesterday, he lost the next on black.’

744. ‘Equally, rather than widen pockets and make it easier for players to shoot consistently higher breaks, snooker's governing body have actually done the opposite.’

745. ‘He managed to knock in two century breaks - and a 62 for good measure - and was still outscored by his opponent.’

746. ‘The world champion rattled in three century breaks to overcome the Welshman, including a 142 clearance in frame seven.’

747. ‘The Scot said he was frustrated by his inconsistency despite a comprehensive win and two 130-plus breaks.’

748. ‘If you play it for a few hours, and if you develop some consistency in your break, your scores will improve greatly.’

749. ‘He tied the match anew at 7-7, but failed to pocket on his break in the 15th rack.’

750. ‘The dormant oil is usually defined as a heavier weight oil applied in spring prior to bud break or in the fall after leaf drop.’

751. ‘At the base you may also have a bud that is known as the break bud.’

752. ‘The length of bare stem (from soil level to the first break on the stem) will determine the kind of plant that you have.’

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