break verb

ADV. easily | in half, in two She broke the chocolate bar in two and gave a piece to me. | up She broke the chocolate up into small pieces.

PREP. into The glass broke into hundreds of pieces. PHRASAL VERBS break down

1 fail

ADV. completely, irretrievably They were divorced on the grounds that their marriage had broken down irretrievably.

2 start crying

PHRASES break down and cry/weep, break down in tears She broke down in tears as she spoke to reporters. break off

ADV. abruptly He broke off abruptly when Jo walked in.

PREP. from She broke off from the conversation to answer the telephone.