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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Break your Back (To).
 
Make you bankrupt. The metaphor is from carrying burdens on the back.   1
 


 Break the Ice (To).Break up Housekeeping (To). 

 
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