break out

[breɪk aʊt]


  • when something dangerous and awful begins suddenly;
  • to escape from somewhere.

Examples 👇

Coronavirus shutdown forces research ship to break out of Arctic ice.

The violence in Villeneuve-la-Garenne broke out on Saturday evening after a young man riding a motorbike crashed into an unmarked police car. Financial Times

A confirmed case in Central Lombok regency, identified as 50-year-old SL, broke out of isolation at a local hospital and walked home. Jakarta Post

How did coronavirus break out? Theories abound as researchers race to solve genetic detective story. CNN

Two sun bears break out of rescue center in Yogyakarta. Jakarta Post

NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of new fires breaking out near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.

Two felons break out of Wisconsin prison, residents told 'lock your doors'. NBC News