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break in

phrasal verb with break  us   /breɪk/ verb

(ENTER ILLEGALLY)

to enter a building illegally, usually by damaging a door or window, esp. for the purpose of stealing something: Thieves broke into our office downtown and stole the computers.
Translations of “break in”
in Chinese (Traditional) 打斷談話,插嘴…
in Russian вламываться…
in Turkish bir yere hırsızlık amacıyla zorla girmek, sözünü kesmek, araya girmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打断谈话,插嘴…
in Polish włamać się…
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