break out

phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word forms "break out":
present tense I/you/we/they break out he/she/it breaks out present participle breaking out past tense broke out past participle broken out
1) if something bad such as a war or disease breaks out, it starts

We got married a month before the war broke out.

The fire must have broken out during the night.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used as subjects of break out
▪  fighting, fire, hostilities, rioting, row, scuffles, trouble, violence, war
2) to escape from a prison
break out of:

Six prisoners have broken out of a top-security jail in Yorkshire.

3) to escape from something such as a situation or way of life
break out of:

the desire to break out of the boring routine of normal daily living

4) if something such as spots break out, or if you break out in spots, spots start to appear on your skin

Sweat was beginning to break out on his forehead.

break out in:

The skin on my arms was breaking out in a rash.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • break out — {v.} 1. To begin showing a rash or other skin disorder. Often used with with . * /He broke out with scarlet fever./ 2. To speak or act suddenly and violently. * /He broke out laughing./ * /She broke out, That is not so! / 3. To begin and become… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • break out — {v.} 1. To begin showing a rash or other skin disorder. Often used with with . * /He broke out with scarlet fever./ 2. To speak or act suddenly and violently. * /He broke out laughing./ * /She broke out, That is not so! / 3. To begin and become… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • break out — ( )brā kau̇t vi 1) to be affected with a skin eruption and esp. one indicative of the presence of a particular disease <breaking out with measles> 2) of a disease to manifest itself by skin eruptions 3) to become covered with <break out… …   Medical dictionary

  • break out — (something) to make food or drink available. Break out the champagne and drink to the couple s health! …   New idioms dictionary

  • break out — ► break out 1) (of something undesirable) start suddenly. 2) escape. 3) informal open and start using (something). Main Entry: ↑break …   English terms dictionary

  • break out in — ► break out in be suddenly affected by an unpleasant sensation or condition. Main Entry: ↑break …   English terms dictionary

  • break-out — see break n.1 1 b …   Useful english dictionary

  • break out — index escape Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • break|out — «BRAYK OWT», noun, adjective. –n. 1. the act or condition of becoming free of or escaping (from): »a breakout from prison. 2. = breakthrough (def. 1). (Cf. ↑breakthrough) –adj. outstanding and noticeably successful: »a breakout performance that… …   Useful english dictionary

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