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verb (intr, preposition)
to enter (a house, etc) illegally, esp by force
to change abruptly from a slower to a faster speedthe horse broke into a gallop
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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break into

1

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.

2

Interrupt, as in I couldn't help but break into your conversation. [Mid-1600s]

3

Suddenly begin some activity, as in Without warning she broke into tears. Also see under burst into.

4

Enter or be admitted to an occupation or profession, as in Without connections it is virtually impossible to break into acting. [Late 1800s]

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