break

(redirected from breaks)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to breaks: Breakbeat
References in classic literature ?
Break up, break up for me the tables of the never-joyous ones!
Break up for me, O my brethren, break up also that NEW table!
BREAK UP, BREAK UP, I PRAY YOU, THE GOOD AND JUST!--O my brethren, have ye understood also this word?
Now if any one wants to break in a young horse well, that is the way.
Then Jove the lord of thunder sent the blast of a mighty wind from the mountains of Ida, that bore the dust down towards the ships; he thus lulled the Achaeans into security, and gave victory to Hector and to the Trojans, who, trusting to their own might and to the signs he had shown them, essayed to break through the great wall of the Achaeans.
Before him he held his shield of hammered bronze, that the smith had beaten so fair and round, and had lined with ox hides which he had made fast with rivets of gold all round the shield; this he held in front of him, and brandishing his two spears came on like some lion of the wilderness, who has been long famished for want of meat and will dare break even into a well-fenced homestead to try and get at the sheep.
For all the gates had been closed, and the Trojans were hammering at them to try and break their way through them.
There are conditions under which an effort to break it may have some chance -- that is, some small, some trifling chance -- of success."
"Ye wit that he that would break this spell must know that spirit's name?"
It is the policeman in all our hearts, set there to watch that we do not break its laws.
The landlady having given her directions for the new guest's entertainment to her husband, who acted as cook to the Break of Day, had resumed her needlework behind her counter.
Even the two players at dominoes glanced up from their game, as if to protest against philosophical philanthropy being brought by name into the Break of Day.