The whole point of “going native” is that the familiar Western civilization is portrayed as inauthentic, ugly, broken, flawed.
Wahlberg grew up the youngest of nine children in a broken home in the rough Dorchester section of Boston.
The somber palette was broken by a shade of deep blue iris that was like twilight to this midnight-hour collection.
Sergeant Major Mike Booley, 46, said that a string of promises were broken over his career.
At the very least, anyone with a broken air conditioner can relate to “Cruel Summer.”
There was a moment's silence between the two in the kitchen, but the spell was broken.
If the branch had broken,” said Mr Enderby, “what would you have done then?
"But it's true all the same," he went on when they got outside, almost as if he had not broken his speech.
Misery had broken her sleep by night, and constrained her conduct by day.
If I'd broken my broom over her back I wouldn't a cared so much.
late 14c., past participle adjective from break (v.). Broken record in reference to someone continually repeating the same thing is from 1944, in reference to scratches on records that cause the needle to jump back and repeat.
When Britain's Minister of State, Selwyn Lloyd[,] became bored with a speech by Russia's Andrei Vishinsky in UN debate, he borrowed a Dizzy Gillespie bebop expression and commented: "Dig that broken record." While most translators pondered the meaning, a man who takes English and puts it into Chinese gave this translation: "Recover the phonograph record which you have discarded." ["Jet," Oct. 15, 1953]
Old English brecan "to break, shatter, burst; injure, violate, destroy, curtail; break into, rush into; burst forth, spring out; subdue, tame" (class IV strong verb; past tense bræc, past participle brocen), from Proto-Germanic *brekan (cf. Old Frisian breka, Dutch breken, Old High German brehhan, German brechen, Gothic brikan), from PIE root *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction). Most modern senses were in Old English. In reference to the heart from early 13c. Meaning "to disclose" is from early 13c.
Break bread "share food" (with) is from late 14c. Break the ice is c.1600, in reference to the "coldness" of encounters of strangers. Break wind first attested 1550s. To break (something) out (1890s) probably is an image from dock work, of freeing cargo before unloading it. Ironic theatrical good luck formula break a leg has parallels in German Hals- und Beinbruch "break your neck and leg," and Italian in bocca al lupo. Evidence of a highly superstitious craft (cf. Macbeth).
c.1300, "act of breaking," from break (v.). Sense of "short interval between spells of work" (originally between lessons at school) is from 1861. Meaning "stroke of luck" is attested by 1911, probably an image from billiards (where the break that starts the game is attested from 1865). Meaning "stroke of mercy" is from 1914. Musical sense, "improvised passage, solo" is attested from 1920s in jazz.
Not working properly (of programs).