Phrasal verb – Break down
Break down has several meanings.
1. Stop working. (for a machine)
“I was driving to work today and my car broke down.” – my car stopped working.
“I have 2 rice cookers at my restaurant, if one breaks down I always have a spare.”
2. Become very upset, very emotional.
“Clark’s mother broke down after hearing the news that he was in jail.”
|“Please don’t call my Mom!”|
3. To divide into smaller parts (break something down)
“Learning English was difficult at first, but my teacher broke the grammar down and gave many examples so it became easy to understand.”