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


break into

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb Committing crime
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1  to enter a building by force; to open a car, etc. by force We had our car broken into last week. related noun break-in See related entries: Committing crime
  2. 2to begin laughing, singing, etc. suddenly As the President's car drew 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. 4(British English) to use a banknote of high value to buy something that costs less I had to break into a £20 note to pay the bus fare.
  5. 5to open and use something that has been kept for an emergency They had to break into the emergency food supplies.
  6. 6to be successful when you get involved in something The company is having difficulty breaking into new markets.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: break into