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Breken 'to break, crack' is a strong verb:
|breken||to crack, break|
|ik breek||I'm breaking|
|wij breken||we're breaking|
|ik brak||I broke|
|wij braken||we broke|
|ik heb gebroken||I have broken|
we broke, we were breaking
see also below
the past participle:
sperziebonen breken 2 snapping French beans
Nou breekt m'n klomp 'That takes the cake/biscuit.' - Literally: 'Now that breaks my clog, that makes my wooden shoe fall apart.' (expression of amazement)
(het) gebroken zwaard 2
mijn gebroken stem my [cracked] croaking voice example: smijten to throw in anger ('to smite')
breekbaar breakable, fragile
is 'to begin, start' or 'to begin with, start on'
De dag breekt aan The day begins - more beginnings Bij 't krieken van de dag At daybreak Breek 't niet aan 2 3 4 5 Don't start on it, don't open it (food or snacks packages)
baanbrekend innovating, trailblazing (~paradigm-shifting)
1. to break down, take down, demolish, destroy
2. to break off, interrupt (de) afbraak 2 demolition
[breaking into a house to steal stuff]
- to burglarize
(de) inbraak 2 burglary
Er is ingebroken 2 3 There has been a burglary
onderbreken 2 3 to interrupt
Wij onderbreken ... 2 We interrupt ...
(de) onderbreking 2 interruption, break
ononderbroken 2 3 uninterrupted
to lack, be missing
Dat ontbrak er nog maar aan! That was still missing from it! - Another unpleasant complication, adding to the misery De wil ontbreekt 2 3 4 The will is lacking, there is no willingness
openbreken - to break open
Breek me de bek niet open! '[Don't force-open my mouth] Don't get me started, I don't want to talk about it.'
- But with a strong undertone that the speaker would have a lot of negative things to say about it.
'Brak' 2 3 is the simple past singular of breken but it can also mean 'somewhat salty,' said of water, like English 'brackish' - brak water 2
3 is the
simple past plural of breken
'to break, crack' but it is also a verb meaning 'to vomit, throw up.' So
wij braken 1. we were breaking, we broke
2. we are vomiting, throwing up
brokkelig 2 crumbly, brittle
fraction; break, fracture
plural: breuken fractions; breaks, fractures
- more fractions fractions
(de) breuklijn 2 line of break, crack // fault line (de) huisvredebreuk 2 [house-peace-breaking] - unlawful entry (de) inbreuk op privacy invasion, violation of privacy (de) schipbreuk 2 3 4 shipwreck, destruction of ship (de) wolkbreuk cloudburst (sudden heavy rain)
'broken on the wheel' - the medieval torture in which a
prisoner's bones were broken and muscles were ripped.
3 is an old
word for 'wheel.' The torture was still in use in Holland in the
early 17th Century. You can say:
"Ik voel me geradbraakt" 2 3 when your bones and muscles hurt all over, especially in your arms and legs.
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