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
- 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