Break and Tell


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Break verb – To become known.
Usage example: as soon as the scandal broke, the CEO fled the country

Tell is a synonym for break in knowledge topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Break", when it comes to topics like announce, reveal, tell news.
Nearby Words: breach, breakdown, breaking, breakup, breakable
Synonyms for Break


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Break is a synonym for tell in knowledge topic. Sometimes you can use "Break" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

character break character tell character
people break people tell people
time break time tell time
way break way tell way
Other nouns: world, story, news, times.

Both words in one sentence

  • Comic Book / Queen and Country It's simply taken as a given that everyone will eventually break and tell their captors everything they know, because the human body and mind can only take so much.
  • Scott loses his virginity to Kim, but they break up when Scott has to move to Toronto.more Scott doesn't tell Kim this, she instead learns about it from Lisa.
  • Fanfic / The Bridge If they tell Monster X about what happened either he'll break under the knowledge of what his evil half did and transform into Kaizer.
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