break off

break off
phrasal verb
Word forms "break off":
present tense I/you/we/they break off he/she/it breaks off present participle breaking off past tense broke off past participle broken off
1) [intransitive/transitive] to stop doing something, especially speaking

Linda broke off, realizing that she was wrong.

People would break off their conversations when she came into the room.

2) [transitive] to end a relationship or a discussion
break off an engagement (= end an agreement to get married):

Did you know they've broken off their engagement?

break it off (= to end a romantic relationship):

I've decided to break it off with her.

break off relations/contact:

The two countries have broken off diplomatic relations.

a) [transitive] if you break a piece off something, you remove it from the main part

Each child broke off a piece of bread.

b) [intransitive] if a part of something breaks off, it becomes separated from the main part

Part of the chimney broke off and fell to the ground.

English dictionary. 2014.

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