break into


break into
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "break into":
present tense I/you/we/they break into he/she/it breaks into present participle breaking into past tense broke into past participle broken into
1) break into something to enter a building by force, especially in order to steal things

A house in Brecon Place was broken into last night.

2) break into something to start doing something
break into a run/trot/gallop etc:

The children saw the sea and broke into a run.

break into a smile:

We watched her puzzled face break gently into a smile.

break into laughter/applause/song:

I almost expected him to break into song.

break into a sweat:

My legs were shaking with exhaustion, but Phil hadn't even broken into a sweat.

3) break into something to start to have success in your career or an area of activity

We see the deal with China as a way of breaking into markets in the Far East.

It's always been his ambition to break into broadcasting.

4) break into something to start to use an amount of money

We had to break into our savings to pay the fine.

5) break into something to interrupt someone when they are talking or thinking

Christopher's voice broke into her thoughts.


English dictionary. 2014.

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