break the Internet
Verb

break the Internet

  1. (chiefly, US, idiomatic, colloquial, literally) To cause a connection to the Internet, or the Internet itself, to malfunction.
  2. (computing, idiomatic, figuratively, humorous) To overwhelm a web server through organic user-driven demand, such that the server goes offline or is in danger of doing so.
  3. (computing, idiomatic, figuratively) To deliberately overwhelm a web server through a cyberattack such as a DDOS, such that the server goes offline or is in danger of doing so.
  4. (Internet slang, idiomatic, figuratively, humorous) To do or say something ostentatious or controversial, such that the behavior causes a dramatic increase in traffic to a website or commentary on social media; to go viral.
Synonyms
  • break the interwebs
  • break the web
Translations
  • French: briser l'Internet
  • Spanish: romper Internet



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