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Break

A rapid and sharp price decline. Related: Crash.

Break

1. A sudden, unexpected change in a security's price or in a market's value. While a break could indicate either upward or downward change, the connotation is negative. Especially on the futures market, a break means a steep decline in price, usually the result of a natural disaster affecting the underlying.

2. Less frequently, break refers to a discrepancy in a brokerage's accounting books.

break

1. A sharp price decline in a particular security or in the market as a whole. A break usually occurs when unexpected negative information is made public and investors rush to sell. Also called market break.
2. A discrepancy on the books of a brokerage firm.

break

1. To dissolve an underwriting syndicate.
2. See bust.
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But 42-year-old Leconte rallied to level at 5-5 before Cash, now 40, broke serve and then served out to take the match.
Pierce broke serve twice in the second set, levelling the match with a series of blistering winners.
On the resumption Azarenka broke serve but immediately dropped her own before Ozaki moved 40-0 ahead to move to within a point of a victory.
The fifth seed must have thought it would be a easy afternoon when he broke serve twice to lead 3-0 in the opening set but it turned out to be anything but.
The French Open champion and world number one broke serve three times in the opening set and took the match 6-1 6-4.
Khromacheva looked like forcing a deciding set when she broke serve to lead 6-5.
King broke serve to go 9-8 up only to miss two darts for the match and Wade took it to a decider.
The Swiss was in no mood to hang around and broke serve twice from the off as he raced through the first set 6-1.
She looked set for a swift win after moving a set and 5-2 ahead, but Barrois, who began the match with a white headband but soon found a cap was essential, broke serve twice to put the match almost back in the balance.
But Henin-Hardenne then broke serve four times to force a decider and eased home.
With both players looking for their third national crown, Tunstall drew first blood when he broke serve in the fifth game of the first set, only for Tiverton's Willcox to break back straight away.
The fifth seed and world number seven was rarely stretched in the first set and after she broke serve for a 3-1 lead in the second the match was effectively over.