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break into

Definition of break into

  1. 1 :  to enter (a house, building, etc.) illegally and especially by using force <Someone tried to break into our house while we were away.>

  2. 2 :  to begin to do or have (something) suddenly <She broke into tears.> <The audience broke into applause.> <The horse broke into a gallop.>

  3. 3 :  to enter or get started in (something, such as a profession) <I knew her when she was a young actress trying to break into show business.>

  4. 4 :  to interrupt (something) <The network broke into the program with a special news report.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

    :  fracture

    :  rupture

  1. :  an act or action of breaking

    :  the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

    :  a condition produced by or as if by breaking :  gap

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