I'm looking for the verb that best fits this situation.

You promise yourself not to eat chocolate for 7 days. However, on the fifth day, you eat it. You could say you interrupted the streak.

Is there a more elegant and appropriate word to replace interrupted in the sentence above?

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    elegance is so subjective, but 'busted' or 'broke' are certainly idiomatically appropriate options at least Apr 10, 2014 at 17:33
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    The video-game based neologism "C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!" comes to mind. Apr 10, 2014 at 17:38
  • Before that, is 'streak' the most appropriate word in this context? I know of a 'winning streak' or a 'losing streak', but have never heard it employed in quite this way; and such use is not in my dictionary. The only metaphorical use of streak I know is about running naked in public.
    – WS2
    Apr 10, 2014 at 18:54

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Streaks can be "broken" or "stopped" or "halted" or "ended".


Streaks are commonly referred to in sports. Your home-town team could snap, break or end a losing streak.

Using interrupted may not fit, because it implies that there is another streak to come.

Usually streak is associated with a series of discrete events rather than non-events such as avoiding chocolate. I don't know why- since streaks (as on glass) are blurred together rather than being discontinuous. Strange.


In the context of reforming habits, fell of the wagon fits. The term is most commonly identified with lapses in recovery from alcoholism, but can fit other contexts.

You promise yourself not to eat chocolate for 7 days. However, on the fifth day, you fall over the wagon and eat it.


You failed and you want to put a positive spin on it, hmm, you achieved your target early perhaps.

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