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break the back

verb phrase

  1. To do the hardest part, or most, of a job (1890+)
  2. To make ineffective; cripple: The UN's mission is to break the back of the warlords in Somalia (1970s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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