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Meaning of tobreak by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Middle English tobreken ( “to break apart, break in pieces, shatter” ), from Old English tōbrecan, tebrecan ( “to break in pieces, break apart” ), from Proto-Germanic *tebrekanan ( “to break apart” ), equivalent to to- ( “apart, in pieces” ) +‎ break. Cognate with Old Saxon tebrekan ( “to break apart” ), Middle Dutch tebreken ( “to break apart, shatter” ), German zerbrechen ( “to break apart, shatter, smash” ). More at to, break .


    tobreak ( third-person singular simple present tobreaks present participle tobreaking, simple past tobroke, past participle tobroken )

    1. ( ambitransitive, archaic ) To break completely; crush .
      And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all tobrake his skull. --Judges 9:53, KJV
    2. ( ambitransitive, obsolete ) To break apart; break in pieces .
      And in the floor, with nose and mouth tobroke, They walwe as doon two pigges in a poke --Chaucer, The Reeve's Tale