|break the bank
||spend all savings, leave no balance
||One more expense this month will break the bank.
|break the ice
||relieve the tension, put you at ease
||Andy likes to tell a joke to break the ice - to help everybody relax.
|break the law/rules
||not obey the law, commit a crime
||If you rob a store, you are breaking the law.
|break the record
||do better than the previous record
||The coach believes Bev can break the record in long jump.
|break the silence
||talk about a secret, tell people the truth
||When he accused us of the crime, my brother broke the silence.
||not date anymore, not be lovers anymore, breakup
||Lan and Chan broke up last night. They had a bad quarrel.
|break your fall
||prevent serious injury when you fall
||He fell from the roof, but a tree helped to break his fall.
|break your heart
||cause you to feel very sad and lonely
||Marilyn broke my heart. She left me for a younger man.
||sudden health failure, fall apart
||After his breakdown, he found an occupation with less stress.
||separation, divorce, not being partners anymore, break up
||Since their breakup, I don't know where to send my Christmas cards.