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break sth in

phrasal verb with break uk   us   /breɪk/ verb (broke, broken)
to ​wear new ​shoes or use new ​equipment for ​shortperiods to make them more ​comfortable: My new ​hikingboots will be ​greatonce I've ​broken them in. US (UK run sth in) If you ​break in a ​vehicle, you use it ​carefully and ​slowly for a ​shorttime when it is new, so that you do not ​damageitsengine.
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