Green’s Dictionary of Slang

break n.4

[a play on crack n.1 (1c)]

a remark, poss. in bad taste.

[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘The Brief Debut of Tildy’ in Four Million (1915) 256: Sashayed up, so he did, and made a break. I turned him down, cold.
[UK]Magnet 3 Sept. 5: What on earth did you make a break like that for, Toddy?
[UK]Wodehouse ‘ Crowned Heads’ in Man with Two Left Feet 98: He of Tennessee would sasshay up in a flip manner and make a break. Ted, waiting close by, would resent his insolence.
[US]D. Parker ‘Arangement in Black and White’ in Parker (1943) 10: Did you hear that terrible break I made? I was just going to say Katherine Burke looked almost like a nigger.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 330: Those aren’t the kind of breaks you want to be making at a time like this.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.