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Word Example of - break-up

    Example Sentences for break-up

    It was the last day of their Newport season, but Candace no longer dreaded the break-up.

    It was all part of our twentieth century break-up of tradition.

    With the break-up of the ice-field the pressure from behind had suddenly ceased.

    What they're asking for is the break-up of your Union, and that you yourself should go.

    A sudden crisis in my miserable affairs compels a break-up as sudden here.

    It was when they were but three miles from Dawson that the break-up came.

    All at Knowl was indicative of the break-up that was so near at hand.

    This was Anaxibius, to whom the break-up of the army was a blessing.

    In that pamphlet he boldly declared that the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was a necessity.

    "Your break-up is fairly complete," he said at last, coldly.

Word Origin & History of - break-up

    Word Origin & History

    break O.E. brecan "to break, shatter, burst; destroy" (class IV strong verb; past tense bræc, pp. brocen), from P.Gmc. *brekan (cf. O.Fris. breka, Du. breken, O.H.G. brehhan, Ger. brechen, Goth. brikan), from PIE base *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction). Most modern senses were in O.E. Meaning "to disclose" is from mid-15c. Break the ice is c.1600, in ref. to the "coldness" of encounters of strangers. Break wind first attested 1550s. To break (something) out (1890s) probably is an image from dock work, of freeing cargo before unloading it. Ironic theatrical good luck formula break a leg has ...parallels in Ger. Hals und Bein brechen "break your neck and leg," and It. in bocca al lupo. Evidence of a highly superstitious craft (also see Macbeth).

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