Branch out : Move into a different area of business, etc.
The supermarkets have BRANCHED OUT into banking.
Break away : Leave an organization, usually to form a new one
The SDP BROKE AWAY from the Labor Party.
Break down :
- End negotiations unsuccessfully
The talks between management and the unions BROKE DOWN acrimoniously.
- Start crying
He BROKE DOWN in tears.
- Stop working
My car’s BROKEN DOWN, so I came by taxi.
Break in :
- Go into a building to steal something
The burglars BROKE IN and stole the TV and video.
- Interrupt something
I’m sorry to BREAK IN on your conversation, but there’s a problem.
- Train a horse to be ridden
It took ages to BREAK the horse IN.
Break off :
- Break a piece from something
She BROKE OFF a square of chocolate and gave it to her dog.
- End a relationship
She BROKE OFF their engagement when she found out that he’d been unfaithful.
Break out of : Escape
Three dangerous Category A prisoners BROKE OUT OF Wands worth Prison last night.
Break through : Pass a barrier or obstacle
The crowd BROKE THROUGH the police barriers and attacked the hunters.
Break up :
- Break into many pieces
The plate BROKE UP when he dropped it on the floor.
- Close an educational institution for the holidays
Schools BREAK UP at the end of June for the summer holidays.
- Finish a relationship
They had been going out for a couple of years before they BROKE UP.
Breeze along : Move easily and quickly
The film BREEZES ALONG for the first hour then becomes rather dull and slow.
Breeze in : Enter a place quickly
He BREEZED IN and started shouting at us.
Breeze into : Enter a place quickly
He BREEZED INTO the room and switched the TV on.
Breeze through : Pass easily, succeed
She BREEZED THROUGH her exams.
Brighten up :
- Improve (weather)
The day started cloudy but BRIGHTENED UP in the afternoon.
- Become happier
He BRIGHTENED UP when he heard the news.
- Make something more attractive or pleasant
We tried to BRIGHTEN the place UP by painting it.
Bring about : Make something happen
The changes to the law were BROUGHT ABOUT by the government because so many people were ignoring the old one.
Bring along :
- Bring someone or something to certain place
You can BRING your friends ALONG if you like.
- Help someone improve
Her coach has BROUGHT her ALONG a lot in the last six months.
Bring around :
- Persuade or convince someone
It took me ages to BRING him AROUND to my point of view.
- Bring something with you when you visit
He BROUGHT some books AROUND when he came last night.
- Get someone talking about something
He did not want to discuss the details, but I managed to BRING him AROUND and he told me everything.
Bring back :
- Cause someone to remember
Visiting my old school BROUGHT BACK memories of when I was a pupil there.
He took the calculator home yesterday and hasn’t BROUGHT it BACK yet.