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breach / brēch/ • n. 1. an act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct: a breach of confidence I sued for breach of contract. ∎  a break in relations: a sudden breach between father and son. 2. a gap in a wall, barrier, or defense, esp. one made by an attacking army. • v. [tr.] 1. make a gap in and break through (a wall, barrier, or defense): the river breached its bank. ∎  break or fail to observe (a law, agreement, or code of conduct). 2. [intr.] (of a whale) rise and break through the surface of the water. PHRASES: breach of promise the action of breaking a sworn assurance to do something, formerly esp. to marry someone.

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breach breach of promise the action of breaking a sworn assurance to do something, formerly especially to marry someone.
breach of the peace an act of violent or noisy behaviour that causes a public disturbance and is considered a criminal offence.

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breach breaking XIV; gap in a fortification XV. — (O)F. brèche :- Gallo-Rom. *brecca — Frankish *breka, f. *brek- BREAK1; cf. OHG. brecha.

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breachbeach, beech, beseech, bleach, breach, breech, each, impeach, leach, leech, outreach, peach, pleach, preach, reach, screech, speech, teach •horseleech

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