English version

break somebody of something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbreak somebody of something phrasal verbSTOP DOING somethingto make someone stop having a bad habit Try to break yourself of the habit of eating between meals. break→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
break of In December Philippe Gimbert broke the jaw of a Rodez player, Armand Proietti.Then Chris Holmes broke a period of Basingstoke pressure with a long break from the 22.Whether for dress or athletics, the fit of the shoe can also make or break a pair of feet.On that Friday afternoon Mr. Bell denied having broken the conditions of his bail not to approach Bridget Coffey.His two interceptions Sunday broke the back of the Pittsburgh Steelers as Dallas won the duel in the desert, 27-17.Why couldn't you break the power of the Treasury and get your beloved Department of Economic Affairs to take off?Problem Too many phone calls breaking my train of thought.break ... of ... habitI couldn't break free of the habit even after I reached adulthood.
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Verb table
break
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theybreak
he, she, itbreaks
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theybroke
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave broken
he, she, ithas broken
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad broken
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill break
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have broken
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam breaking
he, she, itis breaking
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you, we, theyare breaking
Past
I, he, she, itwas breaking
you, we, theywere breaking
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been breaking
he, she, ithas been breaking
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been breaking
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be breaking
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been breaking
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