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  1. [verb] break off (a piece from a whole); "Her tooth chipped"
    Synonyms: chip, chip off, come off, break off

  2. [verb] move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out
    Synonyms: break, break out

  3. [verb] interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
    Synonyms: break

  4. [verb] withdraw from an organization or communion; "After the break up of the Soviet Union, many republics broke away"
    Synonyms: secede, splinter

  5. [verb] flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
    Synonyms: run, scarper, turn tail, lam, run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop


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