- an act or instance of breaking away; secession; separation: the breakaway of two provinces from a state.
- a departure or break from routine or tradition: a three-day breakaway in the Bahamas.
- a person or thing that breaks away.
- an object, as a theatrical prop, constructed so that it breaks or falls apart easily, especially upon impact.
- Ice Hockey. a sudden rush down the ice by a player or players in an attempt to score a goal, after breaking clear of defending opponents.
- Football. a run by an offensive player breaking through the defense for a long gain.
- Basketball. fast break.
- a stampede.
- an animal that breaks away from the herd or flock.
- of, relating to, or being that which separates or secedes: the breakaway faction of the Socialist party.
- departing from routine or tradition.
- constructed of such lightweight material or in such a way as to shatter or come apart easily: breakaway highway signposts; Build a breakaway set for the barroom brawl.
- (of theatrical costumes) constructed so as to be quickly removable, as by a performer playing several roles.
Origin of breakaway
First recorded in 1885–95; noun, adj. use of verb phrase break away
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These people, like those in the breakaway regions of Georgia, wanted independence and autonomy, not Russian rule.Why America Must Stop Comparing Ukraine To World War II
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The breakaway referendum in Crimea is a mere week away and is a gun to all heads.Cut the Baloney on Ukraine
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He noted the breakaway zone where the first stage and second stage were joined.The Scarlet Lake Mystery
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How did Mrs. Selim get out to Breakaway Inn, if she left her own car with the maid?Murder at Bridge
They will fight as long as one hand is free, and take care of themselves in the breakaway.The Game
Three days after my breakaway, I got on to a freight train and stole a ride as far as Sicamous.The Spoilers of the Valley
- loss or withdrawal of a group of members from an association, club, etc
- (as modifier)a breakaway faction
- a sudden attack, esp from a defensive position, in football, hockey, etc
- an attempt to get away from the rest of the field in a race
- Australian a stampede of cattle, esp at the smell of water
- (often foll by from) to leave hastily or escape
- to withdraw or secede
- sport to make a breakaway
- horse racing to start prematurely
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Word Origin and History for breakaway
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