Definition of breakaway in English:



  • 1A divergence or radical change from something established or long-standing.

    ‘rock was a breakaway from pop’
    • ‘If you happen to have a film that has legs and good word of mouth, and you do a serious spend on it, then you stand a chance at a breakaway hit.’
    • ‘A real breakaway from their studies is in store for two Killarney students in March as they head off to Helsinki to take part in EU debates.’
    • ‘For a change, this is a breakaway from the celluloid kitsch that prospers on the objectification and commodification of women in cinema.’
    • ‘And ABC has the breakaway hit Millionaire airing thrice weekly throughout the summer.’
    • ‘On its roof is a terrace for the doctors, set next to their library restroom, another breakaway from rhythmic discipline.’
    • ‘This is a breakaway from the traditional five-night run so be sure to book your seat before it is too late.’
    • ‘The death is not a dying but a complete breakaway from our limited mind into the truth of who and what we really are and always have been.’
    • ‘By providing them with the shorts it was intended to symbolize the spiritual and mental breakaway from traditional dress and thought.’
    • ‘This change in art is part of the general breakaway from age-long habits of thought that the Greeks achieved in the 5th century BC.’
    separatist, heterodox, dissident, dissentient, dissenting, heretical
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    1. 1.1A secession of a number of people from an organization, resulting in the establishment of a new organization.
      [as modifier] ‘a breakaway group’
      • ‘The two breakaway parties made their separate ways northward.’
      • ‘The public bar bores have finally declared a socialist breakaway republic from the tyranny of the lounge lizards.’
      • ‘Of course, there were objections to the amateur rule, and this caused a rift early in the sport's history, and a new breakaway sport was created in 1895, called Rugby League.’
      • ‘A breakaway train drivers union in the Republic of Ireland resumed unofficial strike action after the state rail company refused to negotiate with them.’
      • ‘The statement was issued in response to a Channel Four documentary, which claimed a minister had contacted the breakaway republican group.’
      • ‘The breakaway paramilitary organisation has been in decline for several months because of a shortage of expertise and resources.’
      • ‘Well, it took ten years for me to realize this: you can call it a reform movement but public journalism was equally a breakaway church.’
      • ‘He said that players could well band together and try to buy back the world at the company's bankruptcy hearing - and then run it themselves as a breakaway republic.’
      • ‘But in the mud and snow of the breakaway republic's southern mountains the fighting is as bitter as ever.’
      • ‘It met with a fierce response from software libre developers, with talk of creating a breakaway organization that could set royalty-free standards.’
      • ‘The transient parties are usually formed from a breakaway from the two main parties and are a response to the policies that they might be supporting at a national level.’
      • ‘It features caricatures of the men who launched the breakaway league in 1998.’
      • ‘It urged the EU to recognize the breakaway republics.’
      • ‘This led to an increased number of participation of players from the Soviet breakaway republics in Europe and chess was never the same.’
      • ‘The investigation follows threats from the breakaway republican group against suspected drug dealers made in a number of phone calls to national newspapers.’
      • ‘A new league could have - as there was before the breakaway from the Scottish Football League - an even split of broadcasting revenue.’
      • ‘The teenage years began to take on a self-defining identity like a breakaway state within society, a colony declaring its independence from the past, a banana republic that would work out its own constitution.’
      • ‘Erin's Own was a breakaway from the existing hurling club in the town, which then disbanded.’
      • ‘Was he a breakaway from a club barbeque that wasn't going to plan?’
      • ‘Not only is the BAJ a competing union, it is also a breakaway from the NUJ, having been formed in the early 1990s.’
      separatist, secessionist, splinter
      rebel, renegade, dissenting, schismatic, apostate
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  • 2A sudden attack or forward movement, especially in a race or a soccer game.

    ‘a winning breakaway’
    • ‘They continued to control matters and doubled their advantage in the 67th minute, ironically on a breakaway from a promising attack led by Mark Betts.’
    • ‘Despite some very hard attacks in the final laps of the races, and small breakaways coming from those attacks, the peloton still came into the last kilometer complete.’
    • ‘Prat was well up in the ensuing forward breakaway, and it was he who scored his side's second try.’
    • ‘On the second lap of the 11-mile circuit Watson was among a group of seven riders who engineered an early breakaway from the main field, and were never to be seen again by the main field.’
    • ‘This guy is also one of the best players on breakaways in the entire league.’
    1. 2.1Rugby Each of the two flank forwards on the outsides of the second row of a scrum formation.
      • ‘‘I feel I've matured both physically and mentally,’ says the little breakaway, in a relaxed mood ahead of the second Sale warm-up match.’
    2. 2.2Australian, NZ A stampede of animals, typically at the sight or smell of water.