623 – BREAK Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Did you know that you can break the news, break the bank, or break your neck to do something? You can break down some numbers, get a good break or a bad break, and even break for lunch. Let’s study together.

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  • I’m sorry to break the news, but it’s raining and we’re going to have to cancel the picnic.
  • I hate to break the news to you, but I think somebody just hit your new car.
  • Are you going to break the news to your son that his pet goldfish died?
  • It’s raining outside? Give me a break! It was sunny all morning and we’ve been planning this picnic for a few weeks.
  • Gasoline is five dollars a gallon? Oh, give me a break!
  • Oh, give me a break! I worked overtime every day this week. I am not working overtime again on Friday.
  • Nick said that he broke the bank on his trip to Las Vegas.
  • I’m thinking about buying a new car and I’d like to buy a Tesla but that would totally break the bank.
  • Eating out every night in New York City is a great way to break the bank.
  • Tommy is so selfish. I broke my neck to get him tickets to that concert and then he decided not to go!
  • In the office, I broke my back to finish that report, so I can’t believe that the boss wants me to do it over again.
  • I’ve decided to quit my job. I’m not gonna break my neck for this boss anymore.
  • Hey did you hear about Johnny? His wife left him after he lost his job. What a tough break.
  • I’m glad I went to that business conference. That was such a lucky break meeting that customer who placed a huge order.
  • I can’t believe that the company offered me a job just because they saw my presentation. What a good break that was!
  • The accountant asked me to break down all of the different sales from the last two years.
  • I think we’re going to need to spend the whole afternoon in order to break down these figures.
  • I broke down all of the data and put a summary in this report.
  • This has been a productive meeting so far. Why don’t we break for coffee and then come back in about 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Hey let’s break for I’m getting hungry.
  • I think I’m going to break for a nap. I’m really tired.

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