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[breyk-in] /ˈbreɪkˌɪn/
an illegal entry into a home, car, office, etc.
Origin of break-in
First recorded in 1855-60; noun use of verb phrase break in Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They also breed and break-in camels, which they sell in the Tiflis market.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • It only needed the break-in of the Patrol to complete the illusion of action-fiction—crime variety.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • A young ox is generally more difficult to break-in than an old one: I do not know why.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton

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