break out
verb Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to develop or emerge with suddenness or force <
fire broke out
>
<
a riot broke out
>
2. a. to become covered <
break out in a sweat
>
b. to become affected with a skin eruption 3. to make a break from a restraining condition or situation <
broke out of a slump
>
<
broke out of jail
>
transitive verb 1. a. to make ready for action or use <
break out the tents and make camp
>
b. to produce for consumption <
break out a bottle of champagne
>
2. to display flying and unfurled 3. to separate from a mass of data <
break out newsstand sales
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • break out — {v.} 1. To begin showing a rash or other skin disorder. Often used with with . * /He broke out with scarlet fever./ 2. To speak or act suddenly and violently. * /He broke out laughing./ * /She broke out, That is not so! / 3. To begin and become… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • break out — ( )brā kau̇t vi 1) to be affected with a skin eruption and esp. one indicative of the presence of a particular disease <breaking out with measles> 2) of a disease to manifest itself by skin eruptions 3) to become covered with <break out… …   Medical dictionary

  • break out — (something) to make food or drink available. Break out the champagne and drink to the couple s health! …   New idioms dictionary

  • break out — ► break out 1) (of something undesirable) start suddenly. 2) escape. 3) informal open and start using (something). Main Entry: ↑break …   English terms dictionary

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  • break|out — «BRAYK OWT», noun, adjective. –n. 1. the act or condition of becoming free of or escaping (from): »a breakout from prison. 2. = breakthrough (def. 1). (Cf. ↑breakthrough) –adj. outstanding and noticeably successful: »a breakout performance that… …   Useful english dictionary

  • break out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms break out : present tense I/you/we/they break out he/she/it breaks out present participle breaking out past tense broke out past participle broken out 1) if something bad such as a war or disease breaks out …   English dictionary

  • break out — verb 1. start abruptly (Freq. 4) After 1989, peace broke out in the former East Bloc • Syn: ↑erupt • Hypernyms: ↑begin, ↑start • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

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