break down

Definition

phrasal verb
  1. to stop working because of mechanical failure
    ExampleThe fax machine has broken down.
  2. to stop
    ExampleNegotiations broke down after six hours.
  3. to show all the items in a total list of costs or expenditure
    ExampleWe broke the expenditure down into fixed and variable costs.

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