break down

/ˌbreɪk 'daυn/ verb
1. to stop working because of mechanical failure
The fax machine has broken down.
2. to stop
Negotiations broke down after six hours.
3. to show all the items in a total list of costs or expenditure
We broke the expenditure down into fixed and variable costs.

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