Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(catch/get) a break

catch a breakget a break
1) have something good or fortuitous happen
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    • I just can't catch a break, I wish I could just get a break
  • Analysis
    'To catch a break' means to avail of a beneficial or lucky opportunity. "I caught a break when Paul introduced me to the CEO. The rest is history." It can also mean to get special treatment or a good deal, especially where money is involved: "Millenials will finally catch a break with the new government savings scheme." You might also catch a break by getting information leading to a solution to a problem: "They caught a break when an insider told them what to write on their application to get it approved." To catch a break can also mean to experience relief from something: "I've been working 7 days a week, but I hope to catch a break when this project is finished." 'To get a break' is an expression often interchangeable with 'catch a break' and often refers to being on the receiving end of good luck: "She caught a break when the director heard her singing."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Poor guy, he can't seem to catch a break since getting fired. Not only has he been unable to find another job, the bank repossessed his house!
    2. After years of trying to be a professional singer, I finally caught a lucky break when a studio executive heard me busking on the street and offered me a recording contract.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The young entrepreneur got his big break when he was 16. A tech company recognised his genius, and now he's a billionaire.
    2. Young couples are finding it hard to catch a break with rising costs of living and accommodation and falling payscales.
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