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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRAKE

"Brake foot, clutch foot," said Johnny, and closed his eyes again.

This done, he put on the brake and headed his horses toward the fence.

Then Father Wetherell would take it down and brake it in the brake.

Jacob stayed and brake bread with the plain, hospitable family.

Going through Sulby, he dropped out of the brake and looked in at the "Fairy."

The steam is turned off, and the guard puts on what he calls "the brake."

The screech of the brake had deceived the messenger as to the whereabouts of the voice.

They brake their spears unto their hands, and then drew their swords.

As the Guest of honor, He took the loaf, "blessed it and brake, and gave to them."

"It's your life, buster," he said, and reached for the brake.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "instrument for crushing or pounding," from Middle Dutch braeke "flax brake," from breken "to break" (see break (v.)). The word was applied to many crushing implements and to the ring through the nose of a draught ox. It was influenced in sense by Old French brac, a form of bras "an arm," thus "a lever or handle," which was being used in English from late 14c., and applied to "a bridle or curb" from early 15c. One or the other or both took up the main modern meaning of "stopping device for a wheel," first attested 1772.

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