What does "hit the break" mean on a website news story?

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  1. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario

    ive never noticed a website that said that
  2. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    Pretty much means click the title or "read more" to read the rest of the story. Blogs give you the first few sentences on the mainpage (ie Engadget), then you have to click into the story.
  3. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2009
    Long Island
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    It's hard to answer without any context. Can you provide a link for an example?

    I'm going to *assuming* it's when a story has a preview an to read the rest of the story you have to click another link to have the full article (ie "read more" link).
  4. johndallas999 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2008
    Ah, thanks. Makes sense to me. Engadget, BGR, Gizmodo are sites I see this phrase used alot.
  5. maclaptop macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    The OP's question is a very good one. I've seen this all over the web. The accepted practice of many sites is to post a paragraph or two of an article, then at the end of that section they say "continued after the break" or other language to that effect. Then you see advertising and such below, but the rest of the article is no where to be found, unless you click the headline link which is not always obvious since it's not underlined.
  6. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    The "break" referred to on those news/blog sites refers to a break in the article text. Specifically a line break after which no more text from the article on that particular topic is present on the current page.

    Its also a borrowed term from newscasts where they 'tease' listeners with a headline or blurb about a story they will report upon following a break in the newscast for commercials or station identification, etc.
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I know what a 'break' is and all the other comments have confirmed that.

    But I have never heard of "hitting" one nor do I know why it's something people would be reading on the internet.

    Are there stories where they write "Look out, you're about to hit the break!" or something?

    Where are you seeing this word used ON the web? I've only heard it spoken.
  8. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    I can confirm that the phrase is used all over the place, especially on tech sites.

    Anyone who reads a lot of tech news should be familiar with seeing it.

    Although sometimes I can't figure out where the break to hit is, either :)
  10. ctbear macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    I personally have never seen "hit the break" specifically, but I do see "continue after the break" a lot.

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