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Language Refresher 62: Break off vs Break out

Cambridge Dictionary gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘break off and break out’.


a. break off (something)

        -To end a relationship 

Ex. The governments broke off diplomatic relations.



a. break out

     -If something dangerous or unpleasant breaks out, it suddenly starts:

 Ex. War broke out in 1914.


-Break out in a rash, sweat, etc.

Ex. She broke out in a rash after eating some strawberries.


     -To escape from prison:

Ex. They broke out of prison and fled the country.




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