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Idiom of the week – Break out

Posted by englishlessons on January 20, 2014

Definition:

emerge forcefully from a restrictive condition or situation*

Examples:

After a period of slow growth, economists expect business investment could break out next quarter.

That team finally broke out of their slump and won their next game.

*Note: We also use this word to talk about a skin condition. He broke out in a rash after touching the poison oak as he’s allergic to the plant.

Picture it:

Picture a tiger breaking out of its cage.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “break out” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English.

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