Break Off

How to Conjugate Break Off

  • Infinitive: Break Off
  • Present Tense: Break Off
  • -ing Form: Breaking Off
  • Past Tense: Broke Off
  • Past Participle: Broken Off
Break Off is a separable phrasal verb and has 4 definitions.

Definitions of Break Off:

1. To remove a part of something with force.

Examples: The key broke off in the lock when Cheryl had inserted it.
Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.

2. To end relations or contact with people.

Examples: It’s normal for family members to break off all communication with one another when they get mad.
Jeter decided to break it off with Jessica when he had realized he didn’t want to marry her.

3. [Slang] To show someone how good you are at something.

Examples: Michael Jordan used to break off anyone who tried to defend him.
Did you see the cheer competition? They were breaking each other off.

4. When a part of something becomes weak over time and detaches naturally.

Examples: It is important to trim your ends regularly so they don’t split and break off.
The branch is going to break off if you keep sitting on it.

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