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Definition of Breakdown

Breakdown

  1. The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall.
  2. A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the colored people of the Southern United States, and so called, perhaps, because the exercise is continued until most of those who take part in it break down.
  3. Any rude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time.

Breakdown Quotations

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Bertrand Russell

I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation.
Charles Evans Hughes

When families are strong and stable, so are children - showing higher levels of wellbeing and more positive outcomes. But when things go wrong - either through family breakdown or a damaged parental relationship - the impact on a child's later life can be devastating.
Iain Duncan Smith

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.
R. D. Laing

A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.
Earl Wilson
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Breakdown Translations

breakdown in Italian is perdita, panna
breakdown in Swedish is haveri
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