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give (someone) a break

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to refrain from giving (someone) a punishment or negative consequence, although such punishment or consequence would normally be expected.
The teacher gave the student a break and didn't report his cheating to the principal.
definition 2: to stop treating (someone) harshly or annoyingly.
He's had enough of your scolding. Why don't you give him a break?Oh, give me a break! I just can't listen to your complaints anymore.
definition 3: to give (someone) a chance or opportunity.
Come on, boss! Give me a break! I know I'm the right person to head up that project.She hoped one of the other drivers would give her break and let her into the lane.