break-in

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

break–in

noun \ˈbrāk-ˌin\

: the act or crime of illegally entering a house, building, etc., especially by using force

Full Definition of BREAK-IN

1
:  the act or action of breaking in <a rash of break–ins at the new apartment house>
2
:  a performance or a series of performances serving as a trial run
3
:  an initial period of operation during which working parts begin to function efficiently

First Known Use of BREAK-IN

1856

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