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Difference between Break the wind and Break wind

break the windsaid of a line of trees, fence, etc. which gives protection against the wind:

  • The dunes break the wind on the beach and provide a beautiful background.

break wind—(euph., also: pass wind) expel intestinal gas from the anus:

  • I’ll kill the first son of a bitch who even breaks wind.

Note: Neither expression correlates in meaning with the compound broken-winded—(also: wind-broken) used of a horse that has impaired breathing:

  • The train was heavy, and where there was any incline the two engines grunted like brokenwinded horses.