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Break Out Phrasal Verb

Video Overview

This video deals with the phrasal verb 'break out.' Watch the video and then read our analysis afterwards.

Video Analysis

You can use ‘break out’ when you are talking about the beginning or start of something big, such as war, a social movement or disease. To ‘break out’ can also mean 'to escape’ from somewhere or something, such as prison, a way of life, or an unpleasant or restricted situation. To ‘break out’ can refer to spots or a rash spreading on the skin, usually caused by illness or an allergy. To ‘break something out’ can mean ‘to launch something’ or promote something to the public, such as a new product or service.

Additional examples with 'break out' are: 

You describe to your friend the film you went to see at the cinema last night: "The film was about two criminals who managed to break out of a high-security prison."

Two political party leaders became involved in a heated argument: "An argument began to break out between the two leading parties during the debate."

A colleague has been going through a difficult time in their personal and professional life, and they feel stuck in a negative way of thinking: "I need to find a way to break out of the negative mindset I am in at the moment."


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