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Meaning of "break the handle" #1 (permalink) Mon Oct 02, 2006 5:26 am   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #32 "Responses (5)", question 3

Jill: 'I'm afraid I've just broken the handle.'
Frank: '.........'

(a) Don't brood.
(b) Don't annoy.
(c) Don't worry.
(d) Don't anger.

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #32 "Responses (5)", answer 3

Jill: 'I'm afraid I've just broken the handle.'
Frank: 'Don't worry.'

Correct answer: (c) Don't worry.

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Please explain for me what ' broke the handle'?
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Meaning of "break the handle" #2 (permalink) Mon Oct 02, 2006 5:55 am   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

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Break = destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments

Handle = the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it (Example: "He grabbed the hammer by the handle").
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Meaning of "break the handle" #3 (permalink) Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:25 am   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

Hi, Mr. Alan,
Isn't "break the handle" kind of phrase or idiom?

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Meaning of "break the handle" #4 (permalink) Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:52 am   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

No, it is not an English idiom. These are English idioms:

Fly off the handle
Break the mold
Get a handle on smth.
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Meaning of "break the handle" #5 (permalink) Fri Jan 08, 2010 16:21 pm   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

Mister Micawber,

Am I right in thinking that ' to break the mold ' would be US English?

In British English I think the expression is 'to break the mould' (the mould being a container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens) ?

For students who don't know this idiom, it's often used to compliment someone on his or her abilities or character .. " they broke the mould when they made you ."
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Meaning of "break the handle" #6 (permalink) Sat Jan 09, 2010 0:00 am   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

They are simply alternative spellings.
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Meaning of "break the handle" #7 (permalink) Sat Jan 09, 2010 0:37 am   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

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Meaning of "break the handle" #8 (permalink) Wed Feb 06, 2013 22:35 pm   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

Mister Micawber wrote:
No, it is not an English idiom. These are English idioms:

Fly off the handle
Break the mold
Get a handle on smth.

Is it possible for you to explaine me the meaning of 3 idioms?
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Meaning of "break the handle" #9 (permalink) Wed Feb 06, 2013 22:36 pm   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

You can find the meanings of these idioms by just googling them.

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Meaning of "break the handle" #10 (permalink) Fri Feb 08, 2013 0:06 am   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

Thank you mr:Torsten
For the first time,I heard the word (googling) ,
What about other research motors ?
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Meaning of "break the handle" #11 (permalink) Fri Feb 08, 2013 0:15 am   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

Other search motors ;-) I think you mean 'search engines'. Well, there aren't any real competitors to Google which provides the best search results. If you can use a BMW for free why bother with a Dacia?

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Meaning of "break the handle" #12 (permalink) Fri Feb 08, 2013 17:12 pm   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

Torsten wrote:
If you can use a BMW for free why bother with a Dacia?

Ouch! For the record: I take offence! ;-)
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Meaning of "break the handle" #13 (permalink) Mon Feb 11, 2013 21:56 pm   Meaning of "break the handle"
 

Fly off the handle means: lose your temper and get angry
Break a mold :do s.th in a different way although it has been done in another way for a long time
Get a handle on sth : understand a situation for taking control on it
I have googled them and found these, am i right?
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