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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BROKE

And you seized his cane in a fury, and broke it in returning the blow.

It would always have been in my own power to have broke with him.

Towards the image of their friend who broke the laws of God.

He broke away from her with a gay laugh, and lit a cigarette.

Between them, the family union was broke, and every one was made uneasy.

He jerked sharply up on the reins, and she broke into a staggering trot.

Here he broke into a quiet laugh, so pleased was he to have the doctor take his part.

No color, only light came to the surface of it, and broke in the loveliest smile.

Miss Dasomma threw her arms about her, and broke into a flood of congratulation.

Then at last she reached forth her hand and broke the lily from its stalk.

WORD ORIGIN

past tense and obsolete past participle of break (v.); extension to "insolvent" is first recorded 1716 (broken in this sense is attested from 1590s). Old English cognate broc meant, in addition to "that which breaks," "affliction, misery."

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