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Definition of breaking:

  1. A piece of mechanism for retarding or stopping motion by friction, as of a carriage or railway car, by the pressure of rubbers against the wheels, or of clogs or ratchets against the track or roadway, or of a pivoted lever against a wheel or drum in a machine.

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going to pot, open frame, fault, caving in, time out, break, rift, faulting, gap, shivering, severance, erupting, pause, fracture, exploding, splintering, gaolbreak, smashing, tearing, cracking, prison-breaking, collapsing, falling out, riving, good luck, geological fault, interruption, falling, rupture, disruption, shift, crashing, dissevering, busting, breakage, prisonbreak, respite, recess, breach, jailbreak, break of serve, happy chance, suspension, snapping, breakout, intermission.

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