break off

Definitions of break off
  1. verb
    interrupt before its natural or planned end
    synonyms: break short, cut short
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    types:
    hang up
    interrupt a telephone conversation
    type of:
    break, interrupt
    terminate
  2. verb
    prevent completion
    synonyms: break, discontinue, stop
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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
  3. verb
    break off (a piece from a whole)
    synonyms: break away, chip, chip off, come off
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    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
  4. verb
    break a piece from a whole
    synonyms: break, snap off
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    type of:
    detach
    cause to become detached or separated; take off
  5. verb
    break a small piece off from
    synonyms: chip, cut off, knap
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    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
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