brukim

1. to break, to tear, to fold, to bend, to split something

  • brukim ai (break eye) to wink
  • brukim bel (break belly) to commit abortion
  • brukim bet (break bed) to strip off bedclothes
  • brukim bun long wok (break bone work) to work very hard
  • brukim graun (break ground) to dig, to plow
  • brukim hap laptap to tear a piece of cloth
  • brukim kok (break cock) to incise the penis
  • brukim lo to break a law
  • Yu save olsem yu brukim lo bilong skul?
    Do you know you have broken the school rules?
  • brukim long so (break saw) to rip a board
  • brukim long tamiok chop with an axe
  • brukim longpela to split
  • brukim namel (break middle) divide
  • brukim ol mandato (break all mandate) to break the commandments
  • brukim paiawut (break firewood) to chop wood
  • brukim pepa (break paper) to tear a sheet of paper, to break a contact
  • brukim plang (break plank) to cut timber
  • brukim ring (break ring) to break the marriage bond
  • brukim skin a strong message
  • brukim skru (break screw) to kneel, to genuflect
  • brukim tambu (break taboo) to transgress a taboo
  • brukim tok (break talk) to break a promise

2. cancel

  • brukim taim to cancel
  • Tupela i marit pinis, tasol trabel i kamap na nau tupela i laik brukim marit.
    The couple were married, but then problems arose and now they’d like to divorce.
  • brukim kontrak cancel a contract

3. to cross to the other side

  • brukim baret (break stream) to cross a stream
  • brukim maunten (break mountain) to traverse a mountain
  • brukim solwara to sail across the sea
  • Taim mi go long as ples, mi mas brukim wara.
    When I go to my home village, I have to cross the water.

4. brukim bus to take a short-cut

  • Em i brukim bus na kam kamap long ples.
    He took a shortcut to get home.

5. brukim marit (also marit i bruk) 1. divorce; 2. to commit adultery

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