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give me a break

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase give me a break

Meaning

You can say this after someone says something ridiculous, annoying or untrue.

For example

  • "He said I'm more beautiful than Angelina!"
    "Than Angelina Jolie? Give me a break!"

  • "Give me a break!" said Steve. "Bill Gates didn't invent the internet. That's ridiculous!"

Note:
Often used among friends who like teasing one another.

Quick Quiz

Mario said "Give me a break!" after his mate said,

a. "I like really hot coffee."

b. "I'm a really hot lover!"

c. "It's too hot in here."

Contributor: Matt Errey