1. phrasal verb If something such as war, fighting, or disease breaks out, it begins suddenly. [V P] ⇒ He was 29 when war broke out. [V P] ⇒ I was in a nightclub in Brixton and a fight broke out. 2. phrasal verb If a prisoner breaks out of a prison, they escape from it. [V P + of] ⇒ The two men broke out of their cells and cut through a perimeter fence. [Also V P] 4. phrasal verb If you break out of a dull situation or routine, you manage to change it or escape from it. [V P + of] ⇒ It's taken a long time to break out of my own conventional training. [V P] ⇒ If her marriage becomes too restrictive, she will break out and seek new horizons. 5. phrasal verb → break If you break out in a rash or a sweat, a rash or sweat appears on your skin. [V P + in] ⇒ A person who is allergic to cashews may break out in a rash when he consumes these nuts. [V P + on] ⇒ A line of sweat broke out on her forehead and she thought she might faint.
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