Break Off

Break Off

Infinitive: Break Off
Present Tense: Break Off
-ing Form: Breaking Off
Past Tense: Broke Off
Past Participle: Broken Off
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in four ways
  1. 1

    To remove a part of something with force.

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

  2. 2

    To end relations or contact with people.

    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. 3

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

    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. 4

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

    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.

Break Off
  1. John and Natasha _____ ____ their engagement without any explanation.
  2. You have to _____ _____ the top in order to get it to open.
  3. We _____ ____ our friendship because of a stupid argument.
  4. Singers from back in the day would ______ _____ the singers that are out today. The talent just isn't the same as it used to be.
  5. My nails grow to a certain point and then ______ _____. It's so annoying!

Listen for the phrasal verb Break Off in the video clip from the movie Clueless

  1. Tai: It's my hips, isn't it?

    Dionne: No, of course not.
    Tai: Yes.
    Cher: Don't be stupid. You could do so much better.

    Dionne: He thinks he's all that, Tai.
    Cher: Yeah, God's gift.

    Dionne: You're too good for him.
    Tai: If I'm too good for him, then how come I'm not with him?

    Cher: l have got an idea. Let's blow off seventh and eighth go to the mall, have a calorie fest, and see the new Christian Slater.
    Dionne: Yes!
    Tai: You guys.

    Cher: Look at him.
    Tai: Baby! _______ me ____ a piece of that.
    Cher: Survey says?
    Tai: Doable.
    Dionne: Puny. l like them big.

    Cher: l hate muscles.
    Tai: You know what, l don't really care either way.
  2. What was their conversation about?

    How was the phrasal verb used in the video?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • John and Natasha broke off their engagement without any explanation.
    You have to break off the top in order to get it to open.
    We broke off our friendship because of a stupid argument.
    Singers from back in the day would break off the singers that are out today. The talent just isn’t the same as it used to be.
    My nails grow to a certain point and then brake off. It’s so annoying!

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