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Phrasal Verbs

break out

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. a bank

b. a robbery

c. a prison

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