Breakdown

Definition of Breakdown

Break´down`
n.1.The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall.
2.A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the colored people of the Southern United States, and so called, perhaps, because the exercise is continued until most of those who take part in it break down.
Don't clear out when the quadrilles are over, for we are going to have a breakdown to wind up with.
- New Eng. Tales.

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