Date: Thu, 13 Mar 1997 10:23:38 -0700

From: "Enrique Figueroa E." efiguero[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CAPOMO.USON.MX

Subject: Re: the meanings of 'break'

I absolutely agree, if allowed (since I'm not an American). Max E.

On Wed, 12 Mar 1997, Rose Nash wrote:

I don't disagree with any of the observations, but doesn't "lucky break"

also imply an interruption in a string of presumably unfavorable events? It

seems to me that the figurative uses of 'break' as 'chance/opportunity' all

carry the idea of sudden positive change in circumstances. For example,

"Gimme a break" , especially if preceded by "Aw, come on" might mean "Do me

a favor (for once in your life, you habitually mean so-and-so)."