Definition of breakout in English:

breakout

noun

  • 1A forcible escape, especially from prison:

    ‘a prison breakout’
    • ‘Tensions have been simmering since the breakout in June, when inmates marched out of the compound into the local town to publicise their grievances.’
    • ‘There had been nineteen more successful breakouts from prisons across the country.’
    • ‘Around the country, prison breakouts were happening at all jails.’
    • ‘When there was a prison breakout by a dangerous offender in his first week on the job, the PLP said that certain people were out to discredit our national pig sty keeper.’
    • ‘The escape was the second breakout from Paparua Prison this year in which a ladder was used, raising questions about how inmates can get such equipment.’
    • ‘Some 38 prisoners escaped in a breakout that also resulted in the death of a prison officer and several others sustaining injuries.’
    • ‘The camps are run by a private prison company and have seen several riots, mass breakouts and suicide attempts in recent months.’
    • ‘In 1970 the FBI put her on their most wanted list, accusing her of supplying guns for a breakout from Soledad prison.’
    • ‘The breakout brings to 15 the number of awaiting-trial prisoners who have escaped from police holding cells in the Transkei since the weekend.’
    • ‘The protesters, who stated that they entered the camp's outer perimeter to conduct interviews with detainees, described the breakout as a spontaneous action initiated by the asylum seekers.’
    • ‘Arrested for involvement in the murder, he was one of eight prisoners who made a spectacular breakout from prison in 1981, while on remand.’
    • ‘I do agree however, that security should be boosted in many prisons to reduce the likelihood of breakouts.’
    • ‘There have been forced deportations, breakouts, riots and hunger strikes at the harshest ones.’
    • ‘Then I learn from the newspaper that because of a recent prison breakout, a state of emergency has been declared.’
    • ‘In related news, check out this report on an animal rights zealot allegedly planning a jail breakout.’
    • ‘There were breakouts from Sobibor and Treblika.’
    • ‘For a prison breakout film to work successfully, it must have one of three things.’
    • ‘All of them were wearing standard prison issue clothes, and it took Rob only a few seconds to work out that there had been a mass breakout at the prison.’
    • ‘As patriotic sansculottes were urged to join up, anxiety spread about a possible prison breakout in their absence.’
    • ‘The film is roughly based on the true story of a massive breakout from a German prison camp in Poland during World War II.’
    escape, breakout, break, bolt for freedom, running away, flight, bolting, absconding, decamping, fleeing, flit
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    1. 1.1 (in soccer and other sports) a sudden attack by a team that has been defending:
      ‘the Dutch tend to be defensive and go for the breakout’
      • ‘‘And I was him, and this would remain the sudden breakout which brought me stardom overnight,’ he said.’
      • ‘Are the defensemen pinching down along the boards to halt breakouts?’
      • ‘In a system that has seen quite a few breakouts this season, Hirsh might be the biggest surprise.’
      • ‘It was breakouts like this that prompted Carlson to say afterwards: ‘I never felt that we were ever going to win comfortably.’’
      • ‘One of Grindelton's breakouts, after 35 minutes, however, was to prove the game's talking point.’
      • ‘On the topic of breakouts, who would be the one prospect you circle to have a big year in 2005, but didn't make a lot of noise this year?’
      • ‘Now they were caught off guard by the sudden breakout of the defending forces.’
      • ‘You could almost understand why there is hope for a real breakout.’
      • ‘At best, he'll have a Pie-like breakout on the mound.’
      • ‘Watching the game in the Flyers' video room during home games or the coaches' room during road games, he hits designated computer keys to mark breakouts, power plays, penalty kills and scoring chances.’
      • ‘What we saw at the start of the 2004 season was the potential for a breakout of young pitching dominance.’
      • ‘Petit is another that, even if we didn't see the degree of his breakout, we should have better recognized him before the season.’
      • ‘But today I'm going to go out on a limb, and predict the breakout of two more pitching prospects.’
      • ‘He's one of the Southern League's most dominant hitters at the age of twenty, and his numbers reflect a huge breakout down the road.’
      • ‘Boston is still far and away the second best team in their division, and barring any freak breakouts, should win the Wild Card in 2004.’
      • ‘Scouts are looking for everything: set plays, breakouts, where and how teams and key players like to enter the offensive zone, and who takes the draws in what zones.’
      • ‘Wimbledon resisted Cobham's attacks until the game-winning breakout by Grafton.’
      • ‘There were no breakouts, flanking attacks or sweeping maneuvers.’
      • ‘And that leads us to the obvious questions: Which teams are poised for a breakout in 2002?’
      • ‘The Yankees only scored 12 runs in the first four games of the A's series and hit just .221 as a team until their first-inning breakout on Sunday.’
  • 2An outbreak:

    ‘a breakout of hostilities’
    • ‘She realised months before the breakout of hostilities that her nursing skills would in all probability lead to her being sent to the Gulf.’
    • ‘Strategies for containing breakouts of contagious diseases could be shared, globally and in real time, across languages and technologies.’
    • ‘During the epidemic breakout, he recalls, cases were reported from Andhra Pradesh too.’
    • ‘It has taken five years of work by Scholin and Gene Massion, an MBARI mechanical engineer, to develop an instrument to predict such blooms in the same way that the Centers for Disease Control forecasts flu breakouts.’
    • ‘The biggest challenge before the district health authorities is to check the breakout of water-borne diseases during the monsoon.’
    • ‘How ethical would it be to let millions of livestock be slaughtered [if there were a major spongiform breakout in the United States]?’
    • ‘There has been plenty of concern over the possible effects of the Foot and Mouth breakout on racing but hopefully the game will escape.’
    outbreak, flare-up, upsurge, outburst, epidemic, breakout, sudden appearance, start, rash, wave, spate, flood, explosion, burst, blaze, flurry
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  • 3[mass noun] The deformation or splintering of wood, stone, or other material being drilled or planed:

    ‘avoid breakout and fluffy edges’
    • ‘This assumption is validated by observations of borehole breakout, the formation of margin-parallel normal growth faults and structural analogue modelling.’
    • ‘The best way to prevent breakout is to use a scrap wood plug on the inside of the tubing during drilling operations.’

adjective

North American
informal
  • 1Suddenly and extremely popular or successful:

    ‘a breakout movie’
    • ‘Jackie Clune is making a bolt for breakout popularity at last.’
    • ‘We're thrilled to be making a second series of this breakout show to be exclusively broadcast on FOX8.’
    • ‘Warcraft is becoming something of a breakout success, and there are roughly half a million players in Europe alone.’
    • ‘I am hoping that Mission: Impossible II will be the breakout movie for Thandie Newton.’
    • ‘One inevitable response to breakout success is the charge that an artist is pandering to the masses.’
    • ‘Last season, the SFU women's volleyball had a breakout year, making the playoffs for the first time ever with an impressive 19-13 record.’
    • ‘Luckily for him, this year happens to be the 30th anniversary of Born To Run, Springsteen's breakout album, and apparently the 27th best album of all time.’
    • ‘As for Berry, she won the award, looks amazing, and is obviously the breakout star of the night.’
    • ‘In retrospect, the massive breakout success of the first Matrix flick - the bullet in the brainpan of the old dog Star Wars - makes perfect sense.’
    • ‘By its third season, Gilmore Girls had moved from a breakout success on a still emerging network to a staple program on the Warner Brothers schedule, featuring a cavalcade of young stars.’
    • ‘I think she may be the breakout star of this thing.’
    • ‘And it could've been a breakout success if only his reach hadn't extended so far.’
    • ‘I obviously haven't seen every movie, but between the ones I have seen and the buzz around some of the others, and the subject matter of others still, Groove could be the breakout movie.’
    • ‘From the first moment of this film, Black exudes a comic presence I haven't seen from him, or from anybody for that matter, since his breakout performance in High Fidelity.’
    • ‘There were several breakout hits, films that commanded both critical kudos and broad audience appeal, assuring substantive box-office numbers.’
    • ‘He always wanted to be the breakout star at all costs.’
    • ‘I had been in the league a few years and had had some success - some big games - but 1989 was my breakout year.’
    • ‘The film actually made money, but it was not, as we'd say these days, a breakout success.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, it deserves the same breakout success enjoyed last year by the similarly toned Saw.’
    • ‘As for the breakout musicians, their brief moments of capital-raking before being consumed live on reality TV will hardly be worth the embarrassment.’
  • 2Denoting a group which breaks away from a larger gathering for discussion:

    ‘breakout discussion groups’
    • ‘It has two restaurants - one Chinese and one Western-style - and 740 square metres of meeting facilities, including a ballroom and five breakout rooms.’
    • ‘We used breakout groups by grade level for student discipline issues, budgets, curriculum issues, and the use of technology to improve professional efficiency.’
    • ‘In total, these students generated 971 responses to three key challenge questions addressed in the small-group discussions held in the breakout sessions.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the course, the students were divided into small groups to analyze and dissect clinical case studies during breakout group discussions.’
    • ‘In Summit I, four breakout groups identified the ‘components of the problem’.’
    • ‘Additional afternoon breakout sessions will address the correlation between camp and community and leadership.’
    • ‘The students also practice analyzing case reports involving these drugs in the breakout groups.’
    • ‘After the main presentations, an hour will be devoted to breakout sessions in which executive development hurdles and needs would be explored.’
    • ‘A buffet had been placed in the breakout area today and within 5 minutes the plates and serviettes had been unwrapped and a serviette taken.’
    • ‘There are breakfast bars, breakout rooms and brightly coloured curved interior walls - features more typical perhaps of a Soho advertising agency rather than a merchant bank.’
    • ‘If there are to be breakout groups or presentations conducted by one or more of the attendees, this needs to be communicated to these individuals so that they have ample time to prepare.’
    • ‘There were then breakout groups that were facilitated by building administrators.’
    • ‘She delivers keynotes and breakout sessions for conferences and organizations across the United States, Canada and Europe.’
    • ‘Start the day with a brief welcome followed by the first concurrent, or breakout, sessions.’
    • ‘First, there are the technical tracks where you can attend one of the 120 breakout sessions held every day at specified times.’
    • ‘All plenary and breakout group discussions were audiotaped and transcribed.’
    • ‘Not an hour later the windows of our boardroom shook as an explosion a block away tore a bus to pieces and everyone was called to the breakout room for a reassuring damage control conversation.’
    • ‘Box Clever Theatre Company presented a number of scenarios on street crime, which pupils then discussed in breakout groups.’
    • ‘In lectures and breakout groups, workshop participants examined the possibilities and pitfalls of finding a space to call home.’
    • ‘This could be due to a lack of communication on how the breakout group was intended to be conducted.’

Pronunciation:

breakout

/ˈbreɪkaʊt/