break something off

1)

I broke off a branch from the tree

Syn:
snap off, pull off, sever, detach
2)

they threatened to break off diplomatic relations

Syn:
end, terminate, stop, cease, call a halt to, finish, dissolve; suspend, discontinue; informal pull the plug on

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