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break out

Meaning: to escape from somewhere like a jail or a detention centre

Synonym: escape

For example:

  • break out Have you seen that movie about prisoners of war who broke out of a prison camp by digging a tunnel?

  • break out The prisoners knew they'd be punished if they tried to break out.

Quick Quiz:

The police are looking for three criminals who recently broke out of
  1. a bank
  2. a robbery
  3. a prison

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