As any student of English – or regular reader of our phrasal verbs blog series – can tell you, one of the most interesting things about phrasal verbs is their sheer abundance. As the following examples with break prove, although a set of almost identical phrasal verbs can seem overwhelming at first, practice – and context – can help!
Break For – to move quickly toward
- In an effort to free himself from his captors the hero made a break for the exit when they weren’t looking.
Note: As in the above example, this phrasal verb is often combined with “make a” to create the larger expression “make a break for”.
Break Through / – to pass through a barrier or obstacle by force
- The crowd at the concert was so thick that Tammy had to break through a big line of people to make her way to the bathrooms.