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He was sued for breach of contract.
  break — as in break an understanding or a break (gap) in a wall
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breach breaches breached breaching
Strongly Associated with:   breech
"Step into the breach" or "fill the breach" is to take care of problems arising from a break (gap). For example, if an employee was sick, another employee might step into the breach to do their work. If a defensive wall had a gap in it, a soldier might step into the breach to keep the enemy from coming through the gap.
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  • He was sued for breach of contract.
  • Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry V
  • is a custom more honoured in the breach than the observance.
    William Shakespeare
  • Look at the whales out there breaching.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear

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  • If the outer wall were breached, archers would be posted on all the roofs.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • ...the breach in it is wide.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • 8TH JUROR: He may have lied. [To the 10TH JUROR.] Do you think he lied?
    10TH JUROR: Now that’s a stupid question. Sure he lied.
    8TH JUROR [to the 4TH JUROR]: Do you?
    4TH JUROR: You know my answer. He lied.
    8TH JUROR [to the 5TH JUROR]: Do you think he lied?
    5TH JUROR: I’m not sure . . . [He breaks off and looks nervously around.]
    3RD JUROR [leaping into the breach]: You’re not sure about what? ...
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • Unruffled by Herbert Jemson’s breach of allegiance, because he had not heard it, Mr. Stone rose and walked to the pulpit with Bible in hand.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The drums beat in a frenetic tattoo, and I don’t have to understand their strange language to know that it’s a breach alarm.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The ultimate white-knight fantasy: He steals the abused princess from her squalid circumstances and places her under his gilded protection in a castle that no one can breach but him.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • She’d always sensed he put on a facade of sorts, one she’d never been able to breach.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • We’re not sure yet how the Institutes were breached, but we know—"
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Like a mason slamming a brick into hardening mortar, she sealed the breach.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • We have a breach.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • She gave herself that much time, though her mother’s words, equating lunch with a monumental breach of duty, rattled in her mind.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • What good are loops if they can be breached by hollowgast?
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Smuggling contraband was a very serious shot, a breach of security, and whenever they got out of the SHU, they would stay down on the Compound.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • No window that could be breached.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But Mary Burns, somehow, decided to breach that peace with me.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The checkpoint is a breach in a tall chain-link fence that blocks the streets around the financial district.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • "There’s been a breach."
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • The weddings I went to usually had to separate the bride’s and groom’s families for fear of someone breaching the terms of their parole.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The newly paved driveway curved sharply and doubled back on itself rather than breach the city-county line.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • She can hear a scuffle and then the shot comes like a breach of crimson light: the eruption of Krakatoa.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I assume he’s commenting on my ability to breach his force field, but I don’t respond.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • She sensed a barrier being breached, ever so slightly, between them after so many hours in which his manner had been metallically impersonal, businesslike, the dictation delivered with the gelid unconcern of an automaton.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • An even larger giant leaped from the earth like a breaching whale.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • That scared me more than the idea that he’d breached normal communication methods and could, at will, speak to me without ever opening his mouth.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Geillis Duncan stepped forward into the breach.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • On the way over, I had rehearsed a convincing rebuttal about the breach in press security — how I’d arrived late on the scene myself, and the real issue was the crime.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • We’re a circle or we’re not, and a circle with chinks in it is easily breached.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Then she spotted a few rays from the setting sun breaching the billows, and she oriented herself.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • I have the feeling the president thought the emergency channel was impenetrable, and someone will end up dead tonight because it was breached.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Ship appears to have sunk very quickly, which would indicate a major hull breach.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Somewhere, she thought, there was a chink in that armor; somewhere, if she could find the right words, it could be breached.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • There was no other coach in the wings to take over her position if she simply decided not to show up at practices or games, and no committee of team moms to fill the breach.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • And be the stern and sad truth spoken, that the breach which guilt has once made into the human soul is never, in this mortal state, repaired.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • For instance, would it be a breach of faith if—?
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • She hurled one in return, and the angry breach was complete.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The doors splintered and the head of a bronze battering ram emerged through the breach.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Carter, the defenses were too easily breached.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • So when we go back to the dining car, where the others are still at lunch, I give Effie an apology that I think is overkill but in her mind probably just manages to compensate for my breach of etiquette.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I cannot say that I do unless it were that he wished to be able to deny his signature if an action for breach of promise were instituted.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • When sent for by Count Ostermann, Rostov, remembering that he had charged without orders, felt sure his commander was sending for him to punish him for breach of discipline.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Francon’s sullen mood led him to the unprecedented breach of snapping over nothing in particular at the one person who had always been immune from it—Peter Keating.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • If that floor panel is ever broken, the faceless messenger had told her, it means the upper echelon has been breached.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I opened them narrowly, keeping my eyelashes feathered over the breach.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • There she breaches!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Every day brought defections and security breaches.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Enemy giants moved toward the breach, and Tyson picked up the fallen warrior’s club.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
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