Idiom of the week – Break out
Posted by englishlessons on January 20, 2014
emerge forcefully from a restrictive condition or situation*
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 a tiger breaking out of its cage.
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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