break off

break off(
breyk
 
af
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to snap)
a. partir
The man broke off the handle of the shovel and began brandishing it as a weapon.El hombre partió el mango de la pala y empezó a blandirla como un arma.
2. (to end)
a. romper
The diplomat broke off all negotiations and fled the country.La diplomática rompió todas las negociaciones y huyó del país.
b. terminar
I'm glad Hugh broke off his twisted relationship with Erin.Me alegra que Hugh haya terminado su relación tortuosa con Erin.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
3. (to become separated)
a. desprenderse
The cover to the record player broke off when I opened it.La tapa del tocadiscos se desprendió cuando lo abrí.
b. partirse
A piece of the glacier broke off and fell into the water.Una parte del glaciar se partió y cayó al agua.
4. (to stop)
a. interrumpirse (while speaking)
The teacher suddenly broke off and gave the two boys at the back of the class a dirty look.El maestro se interrumpió de repente y les lanzó una mirada fea a los dos chicos al fondo del aula.
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break off
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (detach; twig, handle)
a. partir, desprender
2. (terminate; relations, engagement)
a. romper
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (become detached)
a. partirse, desprenderse
4. (stop talking)
a. interrumpirse
to b off to do somethingparar para hacer algo
break off
transitive verb
1 [+piece etc] partir
2 (end) [+engagement, talks] romper; (Mil) [+action] terminar
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 [+piece of rock, ice, handle] desprenderse; [+twig, segment of orange] desgajarse
2 (stop) interrumpirse; pararse
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