Definition of Break short

1. Verb. Interrupt before its natural or planned end. "We had to cut short our vacation"

Exact synonyms: Break Off, Cut Short
Specialized synonyms: Hang Up
Generic synonyms: Break, Interrupt

Lexicographical Neighbors of Break Short

break one's back
break one's duck
break one's fall
break one's fast
break one's lance
break one off
break open
break out
break point
break points
break ranks
break room
break rooms
break seal
break shock
break short (current term)
break silence
break someone's heart
break stride
break the Sabbath
break the back of
break the bank
break the buck
break the deadlock
break the fourth wall
break the ice
break the mold
break the mould
break the news
break the seal

Literary usage of Break short

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"To break at once ; to break short; to strike with a ... To break short; to fall asunder ; to break without bending ; to make an effort to bite with ..."

2. A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language: To by John Walker (1806)
"... to break short; to strike with a sharp short r.oise ¡ to bite ... vn To break short. to fall asunder; ..."

3. Chambers's Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by James Donald, William Chambers (1878)
"to break short or at once : to bite, or catch at suddenly; to crack.—vi to break short: to try to bile :—/r./. snapp'ing; /a./. snapped'. ..."

4. A New School Dictionary of the English Language: Embracing a Carefully by Joseph Emerson Worcester (1908)
"Snap, va To break short; to strike; to bite. Soak (sök), va To steep:—to imbibe through the pores.—2, v. н. ... 2, —2, vn To break short ; to try to bite. ..."

5. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1861)
"19, 20, or 21 steel wire, properly tempered, so as to bend and yet break short when required; BAR NEEDLE. one end being ground to a triangular point, ..."

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