breach Definition

  • 1an act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct
  • 2a gap in a wall, barrier, or defense, especially one made by an attacking army

Using breach: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "breach" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company was fined for breaching environmental regulations.

  • Example

    The security breach allowed hackers to access sensitive information.

  • Example

    The protesters breached the police barricade and entered the government building.

  • Example

    The dam breach caused massive flooding in the nearby town.

breach Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using breach

  • an ambitious or unrealistic goal that is beyond one's abilities or resources


    Trying to finish the project within a week is a bridge too far for our team.

  • burn one's bridges

    to do something that makes it impossible to return to a previous position or relationship


    By quitting without notice, he burned his bridges with the company and won't be able to get a reference from them.

  • past events that are no longer important or relevant


    I know we had a disagreement in the past, but let's forget about it. It's water under the bridge now.

Phrases with breach

  • failure to fulfill the terms of a legally binding agreement


    The contractor was sued for breach of contract.

  • an act of disloyalty or betrayal, especially against someone who has placed their faith or confidence in the offender


    The embezzlement of funds was a breach of trust by the accountant.

  • an act of disturbance or violence that disrupts public order and tranquility


    The police arrested the rowdy fans for breach of peace.

Origins of breach

from Old English 'brǣc', meaning 'breaking of waves, fracture'


Summary: breach in Brief

The term 'breach' [briːtʃ] refers to the act of breaking a law, agreement, or code of conduct, or a gap in a wall or defense. Examples include 'The company was fined for breaching environmental regulations.' and 'The dam breach caused massive flooding in the nearby town.' Phrases like 'breach of contract' and 'breach of trust' denote specific types of violations, while idioms like 'a bridge too far' and 'water under the bridge' extend the concept to goals and past events.

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