Break in - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbreɪk ɪn|  American pronunciation of the word break in
Brit.  |ˈbreɪkɪn|  British pronunciation of the word break in


- enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act (syn: break)
- break into a conversation
- start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
- intrude on uninvited
- break so as to fall inward
- make submissive, obedient, or useful (syn: break)


The thieves waited until it was dark enough to break in.

I'm wearing my new boots in the house to break them in.

Don't drive the new car too fast, I'm still breaking it in.

The loud bell on the clock broke in upon his dreams.

...the burglars broke in by smashing a window...

...he rudely broke in to drop the names of several celebrities that he had met...

I'm sorry to break in on your private thoughts, but I think we should get on with some work.

There was a break in the hedge.

We waited for a break in the traffic.

We chatted during a break in the game.

... it would be as incongruous to meet her at the end of a chapter as it would be to see the dawn break in the west ...

Water seeped through the break in the basement wall.

A break in the clouds let us see the summit.

I didn't want to break in on his telephone conversation.

Dad would occasionally break in with an amusing comment.

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