"brakes" in the noun sense
a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants
3. bracken, pasture brake, brake, Pteridium aquilinum
large coarse fern often several feet high essentially weed ferns cosmopolitan
an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
anything that slows or hinders a process
"she wan not ready to put the brakes on her life with a marriage"
"new legislation will put the brakes on spending"
"brakes" in the verb sense
stop travelling by applying a brake
"We had to brake suddenly when a chicken crossed the road"
cause to stop by applying the brakes
"brake the car before you go into a curve"
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