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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BREAK CAMP

You see we had a notion that the orderly had brought the word to break camp.

Break camp, and embarked on board steamer Star of the South.

We were to break camp at one-thirty in the morning and go down the pike after Beauregard.

It is midnight, now, and we break camp at six in the morning.

At last the morning came upon which the Pi-kun-i were to break camp.

After passing a miserable night, we break camp at 4:30 o'clock.

We break camp reluctantly, for this place seems like home to us.

They reached their objective just as the Indians were beginning to break camp.

They were glad to break camp after their experiences on Tensas Lake.

"I move to break camp," said Shady Jones, gruffly, and he stood up.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English brecan "to break, shatter, burst; injure, violate, destroy, curtail; break into, rush into; burst forth, spring out; subdue, tame" (class IV strong verb; past tense bræc, past participle brocen), from Proto-Germanic *brekan (cf. Old Frisian breka, Dutch breken, Old High German brehhan, German brechen, Gothic brikan), from PIE root *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction). Most modern senses were in Old English. In reference to the heart from early 13c. Meaning "to disclose" is from early 13c.

Break bread "share food" (with) is from late 14c. Break the ice is c.1600, in reference to the "coldness" of encounters of strangers. Break wind first attested 1550s. To break (something) out (1890s) probably is an image from dock work, of freeing cargo before unloading it. Ironic theatrical good luck formula break a leg has parallels in German Hals- und Beinbruch "break your neck and leg," and Italian in bocca al lupo. Evidence of a highly superstitious craft (cf. Macbeth).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BREAK CAMP

decamp

verbdepart suddenly
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.