Definition of breakout in English:

breakout

noun

  • 1A forcible escape, especially from prison.

    ‘a prison breakout’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There have been forced deportations, breakouts, riots and hunger strikes at the harshest ones.’
    • ‘The breakout brings to 15 the number of awaiting-trial prisoners who have escaped from police holding cells in the Transkei since the weekend.’
    • ‘In 1970 the FBI put her on their most wanted list, accusing her of supplying guns for a breakout from Soledad prison.’
    • ‘For a prison breakout film to work successfully, it must have one of three things.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were breakouts from Sobibor and Treblika.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In related news, check out this report on an animal rights zealot allegedly planning a jail breakout.’
    • ‘The film is roughly based on the true story of a massive breakout from a German prison camp in Poland during World War II.’
    • ‘The camps are run by a private prison company and have seen several riots, mass breakouts and suicide attempts in recent months.’
    • ‘Some 38 prisoners escaped in a breakout that also resulted in the death of a prison officer and several others sustaining injuries.’
    • ‘As patriotic sansculottes were urged to join up, anxiety spread about a possible prison breakout in their absence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then I learn from the newspaper that because of a recent prison breakout, a state of emergency has been declared.’
    escape, break, bolt for freedom, running away, flight, bolting, absconding, decamping, fleeing, flit
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    1. 1.1in singular (in soccer, hockey, and other sports) a sudden attack by a team that had been defending.
      • ‘What we saw at the start of the 2004 season was the potential for a breakout of young pitching dominance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There were no breakouts, flanking attacks or sweeping maneuvers.’
      • ‘Wimbledon resisted Cobham's attacks until the game-winning breakout by Grafton.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of Grindelton's breakouts, after 35 minutes, however, was to prove the game's talking point.’
      • ‘Now they were caught off guard by the sudden breakout of the defending forces.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Petit is another that, even if we didn't see the degree of his breakout, we should have better recognized him before the season.’
      • ‘Are the defensemen pinching down along the boards to halt breakouts?’
      • ‘At best, he'll have a Pie-like breakout on the mound.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was breakouts like this that prompted Carlson to say afterwards: ‘I never felt that we were ever going to win comfortably.’’
      • ‘In a system that has seen quite a few breakouts this season, Hirsh might be the biggest surprise.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘And that leads us to the obvious questions: Which teams are poised for a breakout in 2002?’
      • ‘You could almost understand why there is hope for a real breakout.’
      • ‘‘And I was him, and this would remain the sudden breakout which brought me stardom overnight,’ he said.’
      • ‘But today I'm going to go out on a limb, and predict the breakout of two more pitching prospects.’
  • 2in singular An outbreak.

    ‘a breakout of hostilities’
    • ‘Strategies for containing breakouts of contagious diseases could be shared, globally and in real time, across languages and technologies.’
    • ‘She realised months before the breakout of hostilities that her nursing skills would in all probability lead to her being sent to the Gulf.’
    • ‘The biggest challenge before the district health authorities is to check the breakout of water-borne diseases during the monsoon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the epidemic breakout, he recalls, cases were reported from Andhra Pradesh too.’
    outbreak, flare-up, upsurge, outburst, epidemic, sudden appearance, start, rash, wave, spate, flood, explosion, burst, blaze, flurry
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  • 3The deformation or splintering of wood, stone, or other material being drilled or planed.

    • ‘The best way to prevent breakout is to use a scrap wood plug on the inside of the tubing during drilling operations.’
    • ‘This assumption is validated by observations of borehole breakout, the formation of margin-parallel normal growth faults and structural analogue modelling.’
  • 4A categorized list.

    ‘an excellent breakout of websites by topic’
    • ‘Table 1 provides summary information regarding the breakout of these categories.’
    • ‘Below is a Department-level breakout of the signers.’
    • ‘That improved breakout should give us a better feel for what in the trade data are parts and what is producer's durable equipment?’
    • ‘It is time for the breakout of the ‘result fever’ epidemic, as the SSLC exam results will be announced on Thursday.’
    • ‘There is liberal use of line figures, tables, photos and illustrations of world-class swimmers, and breakouts where key concepts are summarized in bullet-point format.’
  • 5A sudden advance to a new level.

    ‘gold was overdue for a breakout’
    • ‘Today, I'd consider buying once again, if and when this breakout proves itself.’
    • ‘The irony of all this is that in every way but financial, the tech industry is poised for its next great breakout.’
    • ‘That was the first time since gold's famous 1980 breakout that such a parting of the ways was about to coincide with an ‘assigned domain’ switch.’

adjective

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

    ‘a breakout movie’
    • ‘We're thrilled to be making a second series of this breakout show to be exclusively broadcast on FOX8.’
    • ‘I had been in the league a few years and had had some success - some big games - but 1989 was my breakout year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He always wanted to be the breakout star at all costs.’
    • ‘One inevitable response to breakout success is the charge that an artist is pandering to the masses.’
    • ‘I think she may be the breakout star of this thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were several breakout hits, films that commanded both critical kudos and broad audience appeal, assuring substantive box-office numbers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for Berry, she won the award, looks amazing, and is obviously the breakout star of the night.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, it deserves the same breakout success enjoyed last year by the similarly toned Saw.’
    • ‘The film actually made money, but it was not, as we'd say these days, a breakout success.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Warcraft is becoming something of a breakout success, and there are roughly half a million players in Europe alone.’
    • ‘As for the breakout musicians, their brief moments of capital-raking before being consumed live on reality TV will hardly be worth the embarrassment.’
    • ‘And it could've been a breakout success if only his reach hadn't extended so far.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am hoping that Mission: Impossible II will be the breakout movie for Thandie Newton.’
    • ‘Jackie Clune is making a bolt for breakout popularity at last.’
  • 2Denoting or relating to groups that break away from a conference or other larger gathering for discussion.

    ‘we divided into 15 breakout groups’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The students also practice analyzing case reports involving these drugs in the breakout groups.’
    • ‘All plenary and breakout group discussions were audiotaped and transcribed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Summit I, four breakout groups identified the ‘components of the problem’.’
    • ‘It has two restaurants - one Chinese and one Western-style - and 740 square metres of meeting facilities, including a ballroom and five breakout rooms.’
    • ‘First, there are the technical tracks where you can attend one of the 120 breakout sessions held every day at specified times.’
    • ‘In total, these students generated 971 responses to three key challenge questions addressed in the small-group discussions held in the breakout sessions.’
    • ‘Additional afternoon breakout sessions will address the correlation between camp and community and leadership.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the course, the students were divided into small groups to analyze and dissect clinical case studies during breakout group discussions.’
    • ‘There were then breakout groups that were facilitated by building administrators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We used breakout groups by grade level for student discipline issues, budgets, curriculum issues, and the use of technology to improve professional efficiency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the main presentations, an hour will be devoted to breakout sessions in which executive development hurdles and needs would be explored.’
    • ‘Box Clever Theatre Company presented a number of scenarios on street crime, which pupils then discussed in breakout groups.’

Pronunciation

breakout

/ˈbrākˌout//ˈbreɪkˌaʊt/