One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or a part of their body) be suddenly affected by an unpleasant sensation or condition.‘something had caused him to break out in a rash’
- ‘He was stripped of his clothes and eyeglasses and held in conditions so appalling that to this day he breaks out in a cold sweat when he talks about it.’
- ‘The youngster's condition first emerged when she broke out in a rash while gnawing on a rusk.’
- ‘Gasping, fighting for breath, she crouched on the cold floor, breaking out in sweat.’
- ‘Everyone I know has a new four wheel drive and suddenly the sight of my ageing Ford Focus makes me break out in a terrible rash.’
- ‘Although it can kill if it enters the lungs, blister gas is used mainly to weaken infantry by making the skin break out in excruciatingly painful blisters.’
- ‘Last night I scratched so much that I broke out in hives on my arms and drew blood on my legs.’
- ‘They worked me so hard I can't remember my 20s, apart from the fact I broke out in rashes.’
- ‘Brian noticed this, and broke out in a sudden blush of embarrassment.’
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