Meaning of “break in/break into sth” in the English Dictionary

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"break in/break into sth" in British English

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break in/break into sth

phrasal verb with break uk /breɪk/ us /breɪk/ verb broke, broken

B1 to get into a building or car using force, usually to steal something:

The burglars broke in through the kitchen window.
My car's been broken into twice this month.

More examples

  • The burglars disabled the alarm and used a glass cutter to break into the house.
  • He had to break into the house because his girlfriend had locked him out.
  • Thieves broke in and stole jewellery worth thousands of pounds.
  • Someone broke into the office while the security guard was on the phone to his wife.
  • Police caught him trying to break into the safe.

(Definition of “break in/break into sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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