'break in two' (Modern English )
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
bresta ‘crack, crash; snap, break, be split open; give way, break loose (etc.)’
(ONP bresta (1) (vb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
toberstan 'burst apart, shatter, go to pieces'
Phonological and morphological markers
absence of metathesis] (possibly diagnostic)
Forms of the v. without metathesis first occur in Orrm and continue to be concentrated in N, E and Midlands texts in MED's citations. See also brestes (v.).
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus