Language: Old English
Origin: bryce


1 noun
breach1 W3
1 [uncountable and countable] an action that breaks a law, rule, or agreement
breach of
This was a clear breach of the 1994 Trade Agreement.
They sued the company for breach of contract.
a breach of professional duty
be in breach of something
He was clearly in breach of the law.
2 [countable]PG a serious disagreement between people, groups, or countries
breach with
Britain did not want to risk a breach with the US over sanctions.
breach between
What had caused the sudden breach between Henry and his son?
She wanted to help heal the breach between them.

breach of confidence/trust

an action in which someone does something that people have trusted them not to do:
We regard the publication of this information as a serious breach of trust.

breach of security

an action in which someone manages to learn secret information or manages to get into a place that is guarded:
There had been a major breach of security at the air base.

breach of the peace

British English the crime of making too much noise or fighting in a public place:
He was arrested and charged with breach of the peace.
6 [countable] a hole made in a wall that is intended to protect a place
breach in
a breach in the castle wall

step into the breach

to help by doing someone else's job or work when they are unable to do it [= step in]:
Thanks for stepping into the breach last week.

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