break away

Definitions of break away
  1. verb
    break off (a piece from a whole)
    synonyms: break off, chip, chip off, come off
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    flake, flake off, peel, peel off
    come off in flakes or thin small pieces
    exfoliate
    come off in a very thin piece
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    divide, part, separate
    come apart
  2. verb
    withdraw from an organization or communion
    “After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away
    synonyms: secede, splinter
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    break, break up, part, separate, split, split up
    discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  3. verb
    move away or escape suddenly
    synonyms: break, break out
    break
    make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
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    break loose, escape, get away
    run away from confinement
  4. verb
    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
    synonyms: bunk, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail
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    flee, fly, take flight
    run away quickly
    skedaddle
    run away, as if in a panic
    break
    make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
    stampede
    run away in a stampede
    abscond, absquatulate, bolt, decamp, go off, make off, run off
    run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
    elope, run off
    run away secretly with one's beloved
    break loose, escape, get away
    run away from confinement
    high-tail
    retreat at full speed
    defect, desert
    desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
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    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  5. verb
    interrupt a continued activity
    synonyms: break
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    break, break up, part, separate, split, split up
    discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
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