break off

Primary Meanings of break off

1.
v
interrupt before its natural or planned end
2.
v
break off (a piece from a whole)
Full Definitions of break off
1

v interrupt before its natural or planned end

Synonyms:
break short, cut short
Types:
hang up
interrupt a telephone conversation
Type of:
break, interrupt
terminate

v prevent completion

Synonyms:
break, discontinue, stop
Types:
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fracture
become fractured
bog, bog down
get stuck while doing something
break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt
make a break in
cut, cut off
cease, stop
punctuate
interrupt periodically
break
interrupt the flow of current in
put aside, put away
turn away from and put aside, perhaps temporarily
break, intermit, pause
cease an action temporarily
barge in, break in, butt in, chime in, chisel in, cut in, put in
break into a conversation
burst in on, burst upon
spring suddenly
heckle
challenge aggressively
come in, inject, interject, interpose, put in, throw in
to insert between other elements
block, jam
interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
stop, stop over
interrupt a trip
take off, take time off
take time off from work; stop working temporarily
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt
2

v break off (a piece from a whole)

Synonyms:
break away, chip, chip off, come off
Types:
flake, flake off, peel, peel off
come off in flakes or thin small pieces
exfoliate
come off in a very thin piece
Type of:
divide, part, separate
come apart

v break a piece from a whole

Synonyms:
break, snap off
Type of:
detach
cause to become detached or separated; take off

v break a small piece off from

Synonyms:
chip, cut off, knap
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

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