break one's fast
- (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.
archaic: to eat breakfast
to conclude any period of fasting by consuming food
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989. See entry for "break."