The word ‘break’ is very common in English speaking, but it can be used in several different ways. In this English lesson let’s have a look at some useful English expressions with the work ‘Break’.
Break the news to someone – to tell someone some important news, usually bad news
Ex: The doctor had to break the news of Claire’s illness to her husband.
Break someone’s heart – cause severe emotional pain or grief
Ex: Joe’s heart broke when Jill refused to marry him.
Break a promise – to not do what one said one would definitely do
Ex: My brother broke his promise; he did not come to visit us this year.
Break a record – to destroy a previously set high record by setting a record higher than the previous one
Ex: The athlete broke a record in swimming which was held for ten years.
Break the rules – to not follow the rules
Ex: Clyde has always been a rebel; he loves to break the rules.
Break a habit – stop or end a habit
Ex: I found it very tough to quit smoking; it’s hard to break a habit that is so old.
Break the ice – to do or say something to get conversation going especially when strangers meet
Ex: If you feel uncomfortable at the party try to break the ice by cracking a good joke.
Break a leg – used to wish someone good luck – originates from using it in for artists
Ex: I heard that you are participating in a dance competition, break a leg.
Break free – to break away from someone or something
Ex: We need to break free from these old fashioned ways of thinking.