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[breyk-out] /ˈbreɪkˌaʊt/
an escape, often with the use of force, as from a prison or mental institution.
an appearance or manifestation, as of a disease, that is sudden and often widespread; outbreak.
an itemization; breakdown:
a hotel bill with a breakout of each service offered.
an instance of surpassing any previous achievement:
a breakout in gold prices.
the act or process of removing and disassembling equipment that has been used in drilling a well.
of or constituting a sudden increase, advance, or unexpected success:
The director has finally scored with a breakout movie.
Origin of breakout
First recorded in 1810-20; noun use of verb phrase break out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was the unbearable double sensation of going into, and breakout from, overdrive simultaneously.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • It is that Talents, Incorporated may be wrong about the time of breakout.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Bors almost chanted, while with gestures toward the radar-screen he picked out the objects near which breakout should fall.

    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
  • His young students took command in four-hour watches, with at least one breakout from overdrive in each watch.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
Word Origin and History for breakout

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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