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breakout

[breyk-out]
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noun
  1. an escape, often with the use of force, as from a prison or mental institution.
  2. an appearance or manifestation, as of a disease, that is sudden and often widespread; outbreak.
  3. an itemization; breakdown: a hotel bill with a breakout of each service offered.
  4. an instance of surpassing any previous achievement: a breakout in gold prices.
  5. the act or process of removing and disassembling equipment that has been used in drilling a well.
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adjective
  1. of or constituting a sudden increase, advance, or unexpected success: The director has finally scored with a breakout movie.
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Origin of breakout

First recorded in 1810–20; noun use of verb phrase break out
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  • It is that Talents, Incorporated may be wrong about the time of breakout.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • It gave an exact time for the breakout of the Mekinese fleet.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • When the squad ship came out of overdrive and he was awakened by the unpleasantness of breakout, he yawned.

    A Matter of Importance

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • It would have assembled itself at that breakout point, but it would still arrive in a disorderly mob.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • He sketched out in his own mind a course of action that would be possible to follow after breakout off Mekin.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins


Word Origin and History for breakout

n.

1820, from break (v.) + out (adv.). The verbal phrase goes back to Old English ut brecan, utabrecan. Transitive sense is attested from 1610s.

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