break (v.) Old form(s): breake
wear out, exhaust
1H4 II.ii.13[Falstaff as if alone] If I travel but four foot ... I shall break my wind [i.e. be out of breath]
E3 II.ii.49[King Edward to Lodowick, of the drum] break the thund'ring parchment-bottom out
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