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Definition of break in phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


break in

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
 to enter a building by force Burglars had broken in while we were away. related noun break-in

    break somebody/something in

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  1. 1to train someone or something in something new that they must do to break in new recruits The young horse was not yet broken in (= trained to carry a rider).
  2. 2to wear something, especially new shoes, until they become comfortable

break in (on something)

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to interrupt or disturb something She longed to break in on their conversation, but didn't want to appear rude. “I didn't do it!” she broke in.
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