Definition of Break short
1. Verb. Interrupt before its natural or planned end. "We had to cut short our vacation"
Lexicographical Neighbors of Break Short
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, ..."