Meaning of break out in English:

break out

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phrasal verb

  • 1(of war, fighting, or similarly undesirable things) start suddenly.

    ‘forest fires have broken out across Indonesia’
    • ‘an epidemic of cholera broke out in 1856’
    • ‘The incident happened after a fight broke out between a group of up to six youngsters in the school's playground at about 8.45 am.’
    • ‘Police were called after fighting broke out among a group of around 40 men.’
    • ‘When war broke out he willingly fought for Britain, and before being sent to France he adopted a British name so that he would not be shot as a traitor if captured.’
    • ‘A fight broke out early on Saturday morning, in the car park of the club.’
    • ‘I won't be at all surprised to find out that a fight broke out after I left.’
    • ‘A violent fight broke out between the two groups of residents, with the brawl lasting for an hour and a half.’
    • ‘Many fights and minor scuffles broke out among the crowd and when officers tried to calm the situation the mob turned hostile.’
    • ‘Riot police moved in when fighting broke out between the two sets of supporters inside the stadium during the first half.’
    • ‘She was crossing the road when gunfire broke out suddenly as a car drove by.’
    • ‘A fire breaks out suddenly in the house of the Empress, due to negligence of one of her maids.’
    flare up, begin suddenly, start suddenly, erupt, burst out, blow up, set in
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    1. 1.1(of a physical discomfort) suddenly manifest itself.
      ‘prickles of sweat had broken out along her backbone’
      • ‘A flush feeling came over my face as though I had suddenly broken out into a cold sweat.’
      • ‘You may suddenly break out into a sweat with cold, clammy skin.’
      • ‘A sudden chill went down his spine, and sweat broke out on his hands and face.’
      • ‘And why was a little touch of cold sweat breaking out across her palms all of a sudden… ‘Yes?’’
  • 2Escape.

    ‘a prisoner broke out of his cell’
    • ‘Yes, and once you're in the prison system it's very hard to break out of it.’
    • ‘Eventually convicted, he broke out of jail and formed the Stander Gang, which sometimes robbed four banks a day.’
    • ‘Should they manage to escape, they are to be pursued as dangerous fugitives and charged in the same way as convicts who break out of high security jails.’
    • ‘He had served only 15 months of his sentence when he broke out of prison in 1965.’
    • ‘The man had been shot dead trying to break out of jail.’
    • ‘He broke out of jail and has been following me for the past three years.’
    • ‘The comedy begins with two friends attempting to break out of jail.’
    • ‘He invites us to break out of the confinements of academic art and art history in order to open our eyes a little wider and take a glimpse at what is a far greater vision.’
    • ‘It was too narrow, executives decided, and would do little to help the company break out of the event marketing niche.’
    • ‘While on remand at Winchester Prison in January he had tried to break out of his cell.’
    escape from, make one's escape from, break loose from, burst out of, abscond from, flee from
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  • 3break something out, break out something informal Open and start using something.

    • ‘it was time to break out the champagne’
    • ‘We won't be doing handstands in the streets or breaking the champagne out.’
    • ‘Have board games handy, and break them out when things are dull.’
    • ‘Also, if you happen to have a private jet and an apartment in Paris, now's the time to break them out.’
    • ‘Hang on though, don't break the bunting out just yet.’
  • 4(of a person's skin) become inflamed or affected by spots.

    ‘if your skin breaks out from the repellent, wash it off with mild soap’
    • ‘I always break out from sunscreen’