breakaway

[breyk-uh-wey]

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. break-in period,
  2. break-out group,
  3. break-up value,
  4. breakable,
  5. breakage,
  6. breakbeat,
  7. breakbone fever,
  8. breakdown,
  9. breakdown van,
  10. breakdown voltage

Origin of breakaway

First recorded in 1885–95; noun, adj. use of verb phrase break away

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British Dictionary definitions for breakaway

breakaway

noun

  1. loss or withdrawal of a group of members from an association, club, etc
  2. (as modifier)a breakaway faction
sport
  1. a sudden attack, esp from a defensive position, in football, hockey, etc
  2. 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

verb break away (intr, adverb)

(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

breakaway

1906 (n.), in reference to sports; 1930s (adj.) in reference to splinter groups; from break (v.) + away (adv.).

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