My heart will break if this thing you meditate comes to pass.
Then what you told me—what made me break it off—could not have been true.
He had read the service over her, out of her own prayer-book, without a break in his voice.
I'm not denying the possibility that he wants to break away, but that's only natural.
If you have made such engagement, your first duty is to break it.
Now, Carian, break This wand against yon lyre on the pedestal.
I realized that you would want to be the one to break the news.
"I'll break your head," cried the captain, swinging his huge fists.
"Yes, you have got him," she said, her voice shaking and threatening to break.
Ha, so you can break a cup, but can you lift up my mile-wide kettle?
break O.E. brecan "to break, shatter, burst; destroy" (class IV strong verb; past tense bræc, pp. brocen), from P.Gmc. *brekan (cf. O.Fris. breka, Du. breken, O.H.G. brehhan, Ger. brechen, Goth. brikan), from PIE base *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction). Most modern senses were in O.E. Meaning "to disclose" is from mid-15c. Break the ice is c.1600, in ref. 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 Ger. Hals und Bein brechen "break your neck and leg," and It. in bocca al lupo. Evidence of a highly superstitious craft (also see Macbeth).