Meaning of break in in English:

break in

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phrasal verb

  • 1Force entry to a building.

    ‘would-be thieves had smashed the door lock in an attempt to break in’
    • ‘The thieves broke in by forcing a casement window in the dining room before ransacking the house.’
    • ‘When no one answered, they broke in and searched the building, only to find a watchman sleeping at his post.’
    • ‘They broke in by forcing a lock on a door and then made off in a stolen car.’
    • ‘Burglars first broke in Tuesday last week and took four projectors, each worth £1, 000, from a corridor.’
    • ‘The burglar, who broke in by a window at the house yesterday, left through the back door, taking a camcorder.’
    • ‘Police believe the burglars broke in with the intention of stealing stock, but were probably scared off.’
    • ‘The raid happened at 9.30 on Saturday night and police are not revealing how the robbers broke in.’
    • ‘The thieves broke in through the back door of the three-storey building.’
    • ‘The thieves broke in through a rear window after scaling up a drain pipe to enter the first floor of the store, which covers 6,000 square feet.’
    commit burglary, break and enter
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  • 2Interrupt something, especially a conversation.

    with direct speech ‘‘I don't want to interfere,’ Mrs Hendry broke in’
    • ‘the doctor's voice broke in on her thoughts’
    • ‘‘We know that,’ broke in Chris.’
    • ‘The publicist, sitting between us in the back seat, broke in, ‘A friend of mine is the U. S. ambassador to France.’’
    • ‘‘So where are we going to go now?’ she broke in.’
    interrupt, butt in, chip in, cut in, interject, interpose, intervene, chime in
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  • 3break something in, break in somethingWear something, typically a pair of new shoes, until it becomes supple and comfortable.

    ‘To break your shoes in, wear them around your house for a few days.’
    • ‘Never, never wear new shoes without breaking them in at least a week ahead of time.’
    • ‘Shoes can become more comfortable once you break them in, but if they're not comfortable to begin with when you're trying them on in the store, chances are they will never be.’
    • ‘During today's fitting it finally felt as comfortable as I'd hoped - although I'll need to break it in and wear it for a while before I'll know for sure whether it's right.’
    • ‘Try on as many pairs as necessary to find a pair that's instantly comfortable; you should never have to break them in.’
    • ‘When you buy regular shoes, you just walk around everywhere in them to break them in.’
    • ‘He's wearing square-toed ski boots, breaking them in for Norway.’
    • ‘To break them in, I decided to wear them under my jeans to the corner shop.’
    • ‘It turns out she's going to the company ball at the weekend, and she's bought new shoes for it and decided to wear them to work to break them in.’
    • ‘Next, carefully check that the boots were broken in evenly and have not been deformed due to a bad previous blade mounting or bad habits of the previous owner.’
  • 4break something in, break in somethingAccustom a horse to a saddle and bridle, and to being ridden.

    ‘I break in my dad's horses’
    • ‘Many of the horses had not been broken in and it was difficult to round them up.’
    • ‘He next day, his son grappled with one of these wild horses and tried to break it in, and he got thrown and broke his leg.’
    • ‘She broke them in and she rode them and that is how she got into the British team.’
    • ‘Anne and Jimmy make a living by taking guests, breeding horses, breaking them in and selling them.’
    • ‘In the coming months, foals would be broken in, stallions exercised to the limit and animals bought and sold.’
    1. 4.1break someone in, break in someoneFamiliarize someone with a new job or situation.
      ‘there was no time to break in a new foreign minister’
      • ‘Initially, you are broken in gently, but too gently, for the first two campaigns are over before you have any real trouble.’
      • ‘Is this another way of breaking us in gently, as per your previous observations?’
      • ‘I figured they were breaking me in and not giving me a chance to think this would be an easy job.’
      • ‘His supervisor was intent on breaking him in with verbal and physical abuse - or what he described as character building.’
      • ‘He will be broken in slowly, in a way different than the rest.’
      • ‘He broke me in, literally taught me everything I know and everything I can do.’
      • ‘He doesn't like people, until his roommate breaks him in with typical Irish charm.’
      • ‘‘Oh that's right,’ Morgan plays along, ‘we're breaking you in slowly, right?’’
      train, prepare, prime, initiate, condition
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