To break off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To break off To separate by breaking; as, to break off a twig.
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Usage

In literature:

Why, I might have to break off in the middle and go home.
"A Mixed Proposal" by W.W. Jacobs
Why, I might have to break off in the middle and go home.
"Lady of the Barge and Others, Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs
If the asparagus is to be stewed, break: (not cut) into small pieces; when it will not snap off quickly, the stalk is too tough for use.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
In order to become strong she should climb trees and try to break off their points.
"Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I." by Sir James George Frazer
Therefore do not imagine that I desire to break off relations with you.
"De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
It was a palpable excuse, but it served to break the affair off, and Raymond was cruelly cut up.
"The Three Brides" by Charlotte M. Yonge
There was between them a tacit agreement neither to conclude nor to break off the engagement.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
I therefore resolved to break off some richly-loaded boughs, and feast upon the cherries as I hastened home.
"Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys" by Various
It was a kind of alarm to break off from my work when there happened to be company to dinner or when I was going to the play.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 17, No. 480, Saturday, March 12, 1831" by Various
We must break off, however, from the quiet charm of home life, and turn again briefly to the affairs of state.
"George Washington, Vol. II" by Henry Cabot Lodge
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In poetry:

Break off! Dance no more!
Danger is at the door.
Music is in arms.
To signal war's alarms.
"War-Music" by Henry Van Dyke
"Fiendish superstitions hold thee
To a vile and hideous death.
Break their bonds; let love enfold thee;
Off, and fly with me;"—he saith.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Break off my fetters, Lord, and show
Which is the path my feet should go;
If snares and foes beset the road,
I flee to hide me near my God.
"Psalm 143" by Isaac Watts
And only the tides of London flow,
Restless and ceaseless, to and fro;
Only the traffic's rush and roar
Seems a breaking wave on a far-off shore,
And the wind that wanders the sheds among
The ghost of an old-time anchor song: —
"Anchors" by Cicely Fox Smith
Then the French army pressed forward at Napoleon's command,
Determined, no doubt, to make a bold stand;
Then Wellington cried, " Up Guards and break their ranks through,
And chase the French invaders from off the field of Waterloo!"
"The Battle of Waterloo" by William Topaz McGonagall
And tell me you forgive me all; and say you will forget
The sorrow of that breaking-off, the fever and the fret.--
Now set those roses near my face and tell me death's a lie--
Once it was hard for me to live ... now it is hard to die.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Getting off to a good start can sometimes make or break a football team's season.
The iPhone 5 is more repairable than earlier iPhones, says iFixit, in part because the display, the most likely component to break, now comes off first, instead of last.
(July 6, 2011) – The team riders been working hard– ending video parts, winning the team challenge, traveling the globe to get the shot and breaking themselves off.
The holiday shopping season is off to a record breaking start.
The Jersey Shore may have caught a break as a nor'easter that threatened to bring new flooding on the heels of superstorm Sandy weakened off the Atlantic coast, though parts of New York and Connecticut were still in its sights.
It's better to eat lunch off a toilet seat than in your break room.
Police say Mitchell would break in, and once confronted, he would force the women to take off their clothes.
The NBA Development League opens its 12th season Friday, coming off a record-breaking season in which 43 players were called up to the NBA.
You'll want to break off the tough ends of the Asparagus .
The Wildcats made the most of their breaks Friday night and held off a last-ditch Churchill rally to capture the District 2 title with a 20-14 victory.
Winter training for Dunlap will last eight weeks, then the crews are off to Florida for more training during spring break.
Optimism turns to despair as NHL talks break off.
A new bill that would grant a tax break to expectant mothers is off the legislature's docket for next week.
This method of storage makes it simple to break off a small portion for a recipe.
The postmaster 's request arrived just as lawmakers returned from a summer break and appeared prepared to pick up where they left off — in a fierce partisan battle over government spending and job creation.
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In science:

MSU SY is a measure of the supersymmetry breaking. A natural question to ask is how low the IR cut-off can be; in other words, is it likely that a regime that is wel l approximated by noncommutative gauge theory wil l ever be accessible? Alas, the answer is no.
Noncommutativity from the string perspective: modification of gravity at a mm without mm sized extra dimensions
In the effective theory below the gauge symmetry breaking scale F , these depend logarithmically on the cut-off scale Λ due to the explicit breaking of the global SU (3)2 symmetry by the SU (2)L×U (1)Y gauge couplings and gaugino masses.
Higgs as a pseudo-Goldstone boson, the mu problem and gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking
For fractals with a finite order of ramification an arbitrarily large bounded cluster can be cut off from the rest of the structure by breaking off only a finite number of bonds and at finite temperature thermal fluctuations are sufficient to destroy the long range order.
The absence of phase transition for the classical XY-model on Sierpinski pyramid with fractal dimension D=2
Both terms anisotropy u and an off-centering v of the plug beam, which are described by the single-particle potentials Hu = u(x2 − y2 )/2 and break the rotation symmetry and couple manifolds corresponding to different total angular momenta.
From Rotating Atomic Rings to Quantum Hall States
Turning off the strong coupling loses all the key elements of the world we want to study: dynamical chiral symmetry breaking and con finement.
Exciting Baryons: now and in the future
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