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breach verb


to break or violate a law, obligation, duty or contract term etc
Durham Tees Valley argued that the airline breached a contract, signed in April 2003, which obliged it to fly two of its planes out of the airport for a minimum of 10 years.

The word breach is most often used in the phrase breach a contract. The term break may also be used as a casual equivalent. You may sometimes hear that a particular practice is more honored in the breach than in the observance. Like so many English expressions, this comes from Shakespeare. During the first part in the play, Hamlet expresses his disgust with the custom of drunken partying, or carousing, practiced by his uncle Claudius saying “But to my mind, though I am native here and to the manor born, this is a custom more honored in the breach than in the observance.“ What Hamlet means is that it’s more honorable to breach or to violate the custom of carousing than to observe it or to practise it. So the phrase is properly applied to a bad custom or rule that should be ignored. However, it is now frequently used in almost the opposite sense - referring to a good custom that is unfortunately often breached.

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