Definition of break away in English:

break away

phrasal verb

  • 1Escape from someone's hold.

    ‘Anna attempted to break away, but he held her tight’
    • ‘She was too stunned to move for a moment before she broke away from him.’
    • ‘She struggled and eventually broke away, and twirling out of his grasp, moved in the direction of her room, turning back to face him one final time.’
    • ‘‘Yeah, well, it's a day of love,’ I said wryly, breaking away from them and opening the nearest door to the courtyard.’
    • ‘He broke away from Conor and raced into the bushes, fading into the shadows.’
    • ‘I broke away, eyes opening slowly to see what damage had truly been done.’
    • ‘He broke away abruptly and held her arms so she couldn't move away.’
    • ‘The victim managed to break away from the assailants and ran off.’
    • ‘I broke away from Tobias, moving to attack again.’
    • ‘‘You need sleep,’ I said, breaking away from him and opening the door.’
    • ‘He was trying to break away from the officer and get at the other man.’
    escape, get away, run away, make a break for it, make a run for it, run for it, make one's getaway, flee, make off
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    1. 1.1Escape from the control of a person, group, or practice.
      ‘an attempt to break away from the elitism that has dominated the book trade’
      • ‘Girls had to break away from the bonds of home and family to be free to do what they wanted.’
      • ‘And while alcohol remains the most damaging to society, there has been an increase in people using extreme drugs to break away from reality in new ways.’
      • ‘These larger First Division clubs now want to break away to negotiate a separate TV deal.’
      • ‘After the February Revolution the Church saw an opportunity to break away from state control without sacrificing the privileges which cooperation with the state had obtained.’
      • ‘A larger drug gang had drawn him into the trade and his client was threatened with violence if he attempted to break away.’
      • ‘It provides knowledge, motivation and, most of all, an opportunity for poor people to break away from poverty.’
      • ‘Leading ex-ministers began to contemplate breaking away from Labour to form a new party.’
      • ‘‘But I don't want to break away from the convention,’ says Ms. Nair.’
      • ‘She said the problem had its roots in teenagers, some of whom might have problems at home, trying to break away from parental control.’
      • ‘Refusing to negotiate with the rebels who are fighting to break away from Russia, Putin has embarked on a ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ strategy.’
    2. 1.2(of a competitor in a race) move into the lead.
      ‘he broke away and opened up a 40-second lead’
      • ‘The men raced over a snowy 12k route and a group of 4 broke away early on and maintained their lead to the finish.’
      • ‘France broke away to a slight early lead holding it through the first half of the race.’
      • ‘However, at the start of the second lap five riders broke away stretching their lead to around 20 seconds.’
      • ‘But Australia and Germany broke away early on to move a lap ahead of the field.’
      • ‘Riders have to pick their moments to break away from the pack - and their rivals must deduce when that will happen and react accordingly.’
      • ‘After the peloton came back together there were many fruitless attempts to break away and the peloton arrived in Barcelona compact.’
      • ‘With eight kilometers left in the race seven women broke away from the main peloton.’
      • ‘But I was able to race well and make sure no-one broke away without me being there.’
      • ‘Piil was in a group of nine riders who broke away from the main pack just 16 km into the race.’
      • ‘There were several attempts to try and break away on the first climb of the day but they were all neutralized.’