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break a promise

This page is about the collocation break a promise

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to fail to do what you promised to do

For example

  • You promised not to gamble, but you broke your promise and went to a casino.

  • Politicians make promises before elections, and then break them after they've won.

Quick Quiz

If you keep breaking your promises, people will

a. stop making them

b. stop keeping them

c. stop believing them

Contributor: Matt Errey