Definition of break in phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


break in

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb Committing crime
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 to enter a building by force Burglars had broken in while we were away. related noun break-in See related entries: Committing crime

    break somebody in


    break something in

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  1. 1to train somebody/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. + speech ‘I didn't do it!’ she broke in.
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