break through


  • A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink
    A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v break through penetrate "The sun broke through the clouds","The rescue team broke through the wall in the mine shaft"
    • v break through pass through (a barrier) "Registrations cracked through the 30,000 mark in the county"
    • v break through break out "The tooth erupted and had to be extracted"
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  • William Shakespeare
    “It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit.”
  • R. D. Laing
    “Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.”
  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat.”
  • Les Brown
    “You cannot be wimpy out there on the dream-seeking trail. Dare to break through barriers, to find your own path.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
    “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
  • Mervyn Peake
    Mervyn Peake
    “Each day I live in a glass room unless I break it with the thrusting of my senses and pass through the splintered walls to the great landscape.”


In literature:

Flames break through the smoke, and the firing slackens on both sides for a short time.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
In vain the Vendeans strove to break through the hedge of steel.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
Cut clear through the bar; do not nick or break.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
Dawn was breaking when he at last found strength to mount the low bank through the encumbering brush and vines.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
I could see the crowd presently break through my master's house into the garden, and stand disappointed when they saw I had given them the slip.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
And yet it seemed to him that there were times when she was on the very verge of breaking through her reserve.
"True to his Colours" by Theodore P. Wilson
It whistled through the air, and came down upon the naked flesh of the victim, who screamed with the pain as if he would break a blood-vessel.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
The stream comes with an increased rush when it has to break through the ice.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The huge brute would break through all impediments to reach his victim.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
We can't break through it, so we'll run along beside it.
"Tum Tum, the Jolly Elephant" by Richard Barnum

In poetry:

From the lurid storm
Pallid lightnings break,
Their swift transient form
Flashes through the lake.
"Sedge Songs" by Nikolaus Lenau
Pluck one thread, and the web ye mar;
Break but one
Of a thousand keys, and the paining jar
Through all will run.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Till, like the break of fever
When life thrills up through pain,
We felt the current stirring
Under the keel again.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
From mossy banks all dotted
With violets breaking through,
Beneath the frondled maidenhair
Their shy eyes peep at you.
"Fairies" by Alice Guerin Crist
Soon shall our doubts and fears
Subside at His control;
His lovingkindness shall break through
The midnight of the soul.
"Your Harps, Ye Trembling Saints" by Augustus Montague Toplady
But they heard no cry of anguish
Break through that fiery wall,
With rigid brow and silent lips
He was seeking Odin's hall.
"Save The Boys" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

In news:

Princeton breaks through to face UNC.
With the holidays fast approaching, Simon Constable on Lunch Break shows us five gifts that will keep on giving in a financial way, either monetarily or through improved financial savvy.
Mutope Duguma's court victory "breaks the code of silence that had swept through the courts about prisoners and the First Amendment ," Sondai writes.
Another word that could describe Kansas is "close" as in close to breaking through.
Nearly an inch of rain fell in Madera from Friday through Monday, giving farmers and homeowners a break from irrigating — and water officials some hope.
Can Les Bleus break through.
Women in the upper echelons of corporations are not helping other qualified women break through the glass ceiling according to new research from Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis.
Pillars of light break through clouds hanging above Cook Inlet shortly before sunset recently.
CNN — If you can't get through your day without a coffee break or two, here's good news for you: What scientists know so far suggests coffee may help you stay healthy.
ROBERT K YOSAY THE VINDICATOR --. Grabbing in vain SVSM is #28 Vincent Lockett as Mooneys #10 Justus Ellis Moore breaks through the line for a first down during first half action.
How Invaders Break Through the Brain's Great Wall .
Since breaking into the National Hockey League together so many years ago, they had marched through their careers in virtual lock step.
Martinsburg coach Wes Hall has been waiting for his team to break through all year.
Soquel's Fabiano Hale breaks through the Aptos defense during a game earlier this year.
The Basic idea of narration was to dissolve and break through the strict architecture of O. M Ungers "Galerie der Gegenwart".

In science:

In 2010 a ma jor break through was achieved when for the first time the formation of antihydrogen was shown in the cusp trap .
Mini-Proceedings ECT*: Speakable in quantum mechanics: atomic, nuclear and subnuclear physics tests
This is a clear signal of Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (SSB), and the simplest choice is to realize it through the Higgs mechanism .
A Motivated Non-Standard Supersymmetric Spectrum
Through this mixing the physical pion wave function, if measured with great accuracy, should be able to reveal the mechanism behind electroweak symmetry breaking using low energy data.
Beyond QCD: A Composite Universe
The Higgs mechanism is introduced in the Standard Model (SM) to provide mass to fundamental particles, through the spontaneous breaking of the electroweak simmetry.
Search for Low Mass Higgs Boson at the Tevatron
By breaking the U (1) symmetries spontaneously through the GUT singlets (6.15) at a scale below the GUT scale Yukawa couplings can be induced by higher dimension operators with naturally small coefficients realising the Froggatt-Nielsen mechanism.
Models of Particle Physics from Type IIB String Theory and F-theory: A Review