break out v.
1. (US) to appear.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Jun. 6/1: The Rev. J.F. Horsley, who has been playing the part of literary apostle of Barkerism this couple of years back in Victoria, has broken out in a fresh place.|
2. to break open a package and remove its contents; to get an article or articles from a place of storage.
|Two Years before the Mast (1992) 100: There is always a good deal to be done in the hold: goods to be broken out.|
|Diary (1914) 22: Broke out our chests to-day, found all our things in good order. [Ibid.] 73: They broke out the baggage room to-day to get iron for various purposes [OED].|
|Fraser’s Mag. XV. 221: Afterwards the fish are broken out and washed, and then packed in wooden hogshead casks .|
|Let Tomorrow Come 228: These screws are all so chipper they would break out guns and make them crack after a running vic for the fun of it.|
|Really the Blues 12: Professor Scott would break out his trombone and join in.|
|Vice Trap 41: Come. Break out a joint, jesus.|
|Chosen Few (1966) 58: Jim needed such a gathering to persuade him to break out his raisin brew.|
|Last Toke 200: Break out one o’ them joints, bro.|
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 81: Soldiers were breaking out bottles of hard liquor.|
|Chopper From The Inside 66: Now and then he would break out a small bottle of whisky.|
|Florida Roadkill 137: The ad exec broke out his stash immediately.|
3. (US tramp) to become a tramp.
|Tramping with Tramps 387: The man who has ‘just broken out’ is [...] one who has newly joined the fraternity.|
4. (also break over) to become socially or sexually wild.
|Confessions of a Twentieth Century Hobo 118: Your wife, too, is rather nice when she does not break out.|
|Young Man of Manhattan 89: Don’t be mean. Let Toby break over, just this once [...] let him have a couple of drinks.|
|Official Dancehall Dict. 7: Bruk-out to let loose, to become wild or promiscuous.|
5. to wake someone.
|Mister Roberts I i: Why didn’t you break me out?|
6. (US black) to leave.
|Young Wolves 53: Let’s break out of here. Steaks at the Highway Hangout.|
|Street Talk 2 34: This party’s played [...] I’m breakin’ out.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 157: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Sho nuff. Bust this. Ass out. Break out. Bug out. Kick it.|
7. to free, e.g. from prison.
|Die Nigger Die! 83: They put me in the city jail in Alexandria and when the Black community got the word they came down to the jail. I heard a lot of noise and I didn’t find out until later that they had come down there and were willing to break me out.|
|Gonif 49: Two major outfits outside were in dire need of a box slugger and would collaborate to break me out.|
|Homeboy 3: A biker called Sugarfoot broke her out of the Encino splitlevel.|