Definition of break out of in English:

break out of

phrasal verb

  • Escape from.

    figurative ‘executives looking to break out of the corporate hierarchy’
    • ‘Should they manage to escape, they are to be pursued as dangerous fugitives and charged in the same way as convicts who break out of high security jails.’
    • ‘He invites us to break out of the confinements of academic art and art history in order to open our eyes a little wider and take a glimpse at what is a far greater vision.’
    • ‘It was too narrow, executives decided, and would do little to help the company break out of the event marketing niche.’
    • ‘Yes, and once you're in the prison system it's very hard to break out of it.’
    • ‘While on remand at Winchester Prison in January he had tried to break out of his cell.’
    • ‘He broke out of jail and has been following me for the past three years.’
    • ‘The man had been shot dead trying to break out of jail.’
    • ‘The comedy begins with two friends attempting to break out of jail.’
    • ‘He had served only 15 months of his sentence when he broke out of prison in 1965.’
    • ‘Eventually convicted, he broke out of jail and formed the Stander Gang, which sometimes robbed four banks a day.’
    escape from, make one's escape from, break loose from, burst out of, abscond from, flee from
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