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Difference between Break one’s silence and Break the silence

break one’s silence—

1. finally bring up a subject:

  • Charlotte described the telephone call with which the kidnappers had broken their silence.

2. say smth. after a long pause in conversation:

  • Enoch sat hunched and brooding, breaking his silence only to pass the time of day with John Biffen.

break the silence— = break one’s silence 2:

  • Everything was quiet and time seemed to stand still until Jill broke the silence saying that Dave had won.