break into

verb(intr, preposition)
  1. to enter (a house, etc) illegally, esp by force

  2. to change abruptly from a slower to a faster speed: the horse broke into a gallop

  1. to consume (supplies held in reserve): at the end of the exercise the soldiers had to break into their iron rations

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Other Idioms and Phrases with break into

break into

Make a forcible entry into, as in The alarm went off as soon as they tried to break into the house. [1300s] Also see break in, def. 1.

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