break sb of sth phrasal

verb (T) to make someone stop having a bad habit: What can we do to break him of sucking his thumb?

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • break with sb/sth phrasal — verb (T) 1 to leave a group of people or an organization, especially because you have had a disagreement with them: break with sb/sth over sth: Powell broke with the Conservative Party over Europe. 2 break with tradition/the past to stop… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • break above/below sth — UK US break above/below sth Phrasal Verb with break({{}}/breɪk/ verb [T] (broke, broken) ► to produce levels or figures that are slightly higher or lower than something: »The soybean market failed to break above its seasonal high of $6.61 …   Financial and business terms

  • break into sth phrasal — verb (T) 1 STEAL to enter a building by using force, in order to steal something: Thieves broke into the bank vault by digging a tunnel. 2 break into a run/gallop/trot etc to suddenly start running etc: Suzie heard footsteps behind her and broke… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • break for sth phrasal — verb (T) AmE to suddenly run or drive somewhere, especially in order to escape from someone: Sharkey broke for the exit, but got nabbed …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • break above sth — UK US break above/below sth Phrasal Verb with break({{}}/breɪk/ verb [T] (broke, broken) ► to produce levels or figures that are slightly higher or lower than something: »The soybean market failed to break above its seasonal high of $6.61 …   Financial and business terms

  • break below sth — UK US break above/below sth Phrasal Verb with break({{}}/breɪk/ verb [T] (broke, broken) ► to produce levels or figures that are slightly higher or lower than something: »The soybean market failed to break above its seasonal high of $6.61 …   Financial and business terms

  • break — break1 W1S1 [breık] v past tense broke [brəuk US brouk] past participle broken [ˈbrəukən US ˈbrou ] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(separate into pieces)¦ 2¦(bones)¦ 3¦(machines)¦ 4¦(rules/laws)¦ 5¦(promise/agreement)¦ 6¦(stop/rest)¦ 7¦(end something)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Break — A rapid and sharp price decline. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * ▪ I. break break 1 [breɪk] verb broke PASTTENSE [brəʊk ǁ broʊk] broken PASTPART [ˈbrəʊkən ǁ …   Financial and business terms

  • break — A sudden price move; prices may break up or down. The CENTER ONLINE Futures Glossary A rapid and sharp price decline. Related: crash. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * ▪ I. break break 1 [breɪk] verb broke PASTTENSE [brəʊk ǁ broʊk] …   Financial and business terms

  • break into sth — UK US break into sth Phrasal Verb with break({{}}/breɪk/ verb [T] (broke, broken) ► to begin working in a new business or a new area: »He wanted to break into the advertising business. »Are there new markets you d like to break into? …   Financial and business terms

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