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broke off

[cf. BROKE break; OED break off to start obs. 1591 only] v.phr. to begin suddenly: 1966 He broke off running [i.e. began to run] (Crowley 25). 1940 Dey spin' roun' quick an' broke off runnin' an' dash cross d' border (Dupuch 25). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2012-01-08 15:21
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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