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


break into

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    break into something

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  1. 1to enter a building by force; to open a car, etc. by force Our car was broken into last week. related noun break-in
  2. 2to begin laughing, singing, etc. suddenly As the president's car pulled up, the crowd broke into loud applause.
  3. 3to suddenly start running; to start running faster than before He broke into a run when he saw the police. Her horse broke into a trot.
  4. 4to open and use something that has been kept for an emergency They had to break into the emergency food supplies.
  5. 5to be successful when you get involved in something The company is having difficulty breaking into new markets.
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