horn in

horned in; horning in; horns in

Definition of horn in

intransitive verb

1 : to join in something (such as a conversation) without invitation or consent : intrude … awkwardly horning in during a high-level chat …— A. B. Stoddard usually used with on He always horns in on the conversation.They horned in on our game.
2 : to forcibly take control or possession from another Sometimes I fed him … . When other gulls tried to horn in, he fought them off, three, four at a time.— Barry Stringfellow usually used with on won't let anyone else horn in on their territoryoverseas producers look to horn in on the U.S. market

First Known Use of horn in

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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29 Sep 2021

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“Horn in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horn%20in. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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