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The brakes failed and the car crashed into a tree.
We heard a screech of brakes as Jill’s car pulled up.
I saw the child run out, so I slammed on the brakes.
I heard the brakes squealing, then a loud crash.
The high level of debt put a brake on economic recovery.
Inevitably, insufficient funding acts as a brake on medical research.