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Dear Ted:

Does the idiom "to break all ties" exist?

If so, what is its meaning?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use it correctly?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Does the idiom "to break all ties" exist?

If so, what is its meaning?

*** It exists, and it means "to cut off or sever all relationships with another person or a group of people."

Would you please give me some examples of how to use it correctly?

*** Jack and Janet mutually decided to break all ties with each other, after they had a very serious disagreement.

Some countries break all ties with other countries:  The United States has no formal relationship with several countries, including Iran and North Korea.

During the Reformation, the Protestants broke all ties with the Roman Catholics.

Ted

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