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break off

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to terminate or discontinue (something previously binding).
Out of fear, she broke off her engagement.The nation broke off diplomatic ties with its neighbor.
definition 2: to remove by breaking and pulling away, usually with the hands.
She broke off a piece of the bread and dunked it in her soup.
definition 3: to suddenly stop speaking or making sound.
The noise broke off after a while, but then it suddenly started up again.She was speaking but broke off when the two men entered the room.
definition 4: to become separated from a larger thing by breaking away.
Oh, no! A bit of my tooth broke off!