One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An overflowing or irruption of water.
2Chiefly poetic. An area of water which is broken up or foaming, especially in a stream or brook.
3US. A low ridge made slantwise across a sloping road or track to divert surface water to one side.
5A pause for a drink of water between periods of exercise, activity, etc.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Gavin Douglas (c1476–1522), poet and bishop of Dunkeld. From water + break.
water break/ˈwɔːtə breɪk/
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