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‘Make or brake’
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‘Brake’ is interesting as a near-synonym to break (as in, ‘put a stop to’).
(10,800 raw Google hits:)
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Bain Rome News
Their book, “Mastering th e Merger – Four Critical Decisions that Make or Brake
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The near-synonymy of the two words may also figure in “brakewater” for “breakwater”—i.e., a manmade coastal barrier. Over 1400 ghits, but that figure is inflated by many hits for a brand of fishing reel called “Brakewater.” In some ways, “brakewater” makes a bit more sense than “breakwater”: waves can break on the shore, but you can’t break water—at least not in its liquid state. But you can try and slow down coastal waters before they reach the shoreline. Then again, maybe it’s just a more phonetic spelling.
Continuing Pat’s observation, ‘brake up,’ brake down,’ and ‘give me a brake’ are all extremely common. The line between misspelling and semantic overlap is hard to maintain.