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break one's fast

  1. (dated) To eat breakfast; to eat the first meal of the day after a night of not eating or to conclude any period of fasting by consuming food.
    • 1816, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 15, in The Antiquary—Volume II:
      His servant placed before him a slice of toasted bread, with a glass of fair water, being the fare on which he usually broke his fast.
    • 1905, George Bernard Shaw, chapter 3, in The Irrational Knot:
      Thinking that it might be Lord Carbury, and that, if so, he would probably not wait until half past nine to break his fast, she ran gaily off.



  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989. See entry for "break."