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English phrasal verb – Break down

Phrasal verb – Break down

Break down has several meanings.

1.      Stop working. (for a machine)
“I was driving to work today and my car broke down." - my car stopped working.
“I have 2 rice cookers at my restaurant, if one breaks down I always have a spare.”

2.      Become very upset, very emotional.
“Clark's mother broke down after hearing the news that he was in jail.”

"Please don't call my Mom!"

3.      To divide into smaller parts (break something down)

“Learning English was difficult at first, but my teacher broke the grammar down and gave many examples so it became easy to understand.”


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