expressions to improve your english – 2

English is an interesting language. We can make it more interesting and rich by suing some expressions in our spoken and written language. It adds vibrancy to our thought and expression. By using such expressions in our daily communications we stand at par with others.

Dear friends, let’s have a look at some of the beautiful expressions along with their usage in various contexts.

Here you are:

  • Break a lance : To take a stand, to fight, quarrel.

It is difficult to break a lance against national policies.

  • Break away – to break suddenly, to become separated.

Their break away seriously affected their children.

  • Break bad – to go bad, to turn towards immorality or crime.

Rohan was very sincere worker, we didn’t expect him to break bad.

  • Break bread – to share a meal with friends, to eat a meal.

The most wonderful thing was to break bread with Mounika after almost ten years.

  • Break cover – to disclose one’s real thoughts and intensions.
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Siva broke cover when he had to confront Bhanu.

  • Break even – to neither gain nor lose money.
  • The movie reached to it’s break even in the first week of it’s screening.
  • Break in – to enter a place by force or illicit means.

The robbers broke in the bank and left nothing behind.

  • Break loose – to escape, to free oneself.

The convict said “in movies, they show it is very easy to break lose but, here it looks next to possible.”

  • Break one’s duck – to do something for the first time.

Isn’t it the best moment when we break our duck

  • Break one’s word – to break a promise.

Anil can never be true to his word; he always breaks his word.

  • Break open – to make a break through on a mystery or problem

The new evidence has broken this case open.

  • Break out – to escape, especially forcefully or defiantly.

They broke out of prison in the middle of the night.

  • Break someone’s balls – to seriously irritate or nag someone, to tease ridicule someone.

Rupa’s soft voice never deteriorates even when someone breaks her balls.

  • Break the ice – to introduce conversation: to overcome obstacles and make a beginning.

Satish never breaks the ice, it’s always his wife who has to initiate.

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  • Break through – to gain popularity, to make or force a way through.

That was a major breakthrough to the debut heroine.

  • Break – even– the level of revenues sufficient to cover costs.

We’ll never reach break –even if our variable costs are higher than our selling price.

  • Breakaway – Having broken from a larger unit.

The breakaway republic is slowly establishing order and civil society.

  • Breakbone fever – Dengue fever.

Santhanu is down with break bone fever.

  • Breakdown – a failure, particularly mechanical; a physical collapse or lapse of mental stability.

After so much stress, he suffered a breakdown and simply gave up.

  • Break with – to cease having a positive connection with.

Robinson Crusoe broke with the mainland and lived alone in an island.

This work is by B. Suneela Jyotsna, TGT English.

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