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Language: Old English
Origin: bryce

breach

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.
3

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.
4

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.
5

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
7

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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