ˌbreak (sth) ˈup

phrasal verb
to break into smaller pieces, or to make something do this
Break the chocolate up into squares.[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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  • break sth up — UK US break (sth) up Phrasal Verb with break({{}}/breɪk/ verb [T] (broke, broken) ► to divide, or to divide something, into smaller parts: »The company has been broken up and sold off. ► to end, or to end something: »Manufacturing ceased at the… …   Financial and business terms

  • ˌbreak sth ˈup — phrasal verb to stop a fight …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • break sth off — UK US break (sth) off Phrasal Verb with break({{}}/breɪk/ verb [T] (broke, broken) ► to stop, or to make something stop: »Talks between the two companies broke off over disagreements about the merger. »The company has decided to break off… …   Financial and business terms

  • ˌbreak (sth) ˈoff — phrasal verb if a part of something breaks off, or if you break it off, it becomes separated from the main part Part of the chimney broke off and fell to the ground.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • ˌbreak sth ˈdown — phrasal verb to hit something such as a door or wall very hard so that it falls down Firefighters had to break down the door.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • ˌbreak (sth) ˈdown — phrasal verb if a substance breaks down, or if it is broken down, it separates into the parts that it is made up of The substance is easily broken down by bacteria.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • ˌbreak ˈsth off — phrasal verb to end a relationship or a discussion The two countries have broken off diplomatic relations.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • break — break1 W1S1 [breık] v past tense broke [brəuk US brouk] past participle broken [ˈbrəukən US ˈbrou ] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(separate into pieces)¦ 2¦(bones)¦ 3¦(machines)¦ 4¦(rules/laws)¦ 5¦(promise/agreement)¦ 6¦(stop/rest)¦ 7¦(end something)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • break*/*/*/ — [breɪk] (past tense broke [brəʊk] ; past participle broken [ˈbrəʊkən] ) verb I 1) [I/T] if something breaks, or if you break it, it separates into two or more pieces when it is hit, dropped etc I broke two dishes this morning.[/ex] Joey broke… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • break off phrasal — verb 1 (I, T) to suddenly stop doing something, especially talking to someone: Fay told her story, breaking off now and then to wipe the tears from her eyes. (break sth off): I broke off the conversation and answered the phone. 2 (transitive… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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