break out

break out

  1. (intransitive) To escape, especially forcefully or defiantly.
    They broke out of prison in the middle of the night.
    The brigade succeeded in breaking out of the pocket and reunited with friendly forces.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To bring out, use, or present.
    Break out the bubbly and celebrate.
  3. (transitive) To separate from a bundle.
    Break out the cables from the harness once they are inside the frame.
  4. (transitive) To take or force out by breaking.
    to break out a pane of glass
  5. (intransitive) To begin suddenly; to emerge in a certain condition.
    He broke out in sweat.
    He broke out in song.
  6. (intransitive) To suddenly get pimples or a rash, especially on one's face.
  7. (recording industry, intransitive) Of a record: to achieve success.
    • 1971, Billboard (volume 83, number 13, page 31)
      The record first happened a few years ago in Florida and had considerable sales. A year later, the record broke out again in Florida and again experienced considerable sales. Both times, it either made the chart or bubbled under.
    • 2000, Billboard (volume 112, number 28, page 25)
      Avant will finish a radio tour this summer that includes a stop in Chicago, where the single broke out thanks to support from WGCI programmer Elroy Smith.
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  • French: briser
  • Russian: выла́мывать

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