break into
phrasal 1. to begin with or as if with a sudden throwing off of restraint <
broke into tears
>
<
face breaking into a smile
>
<
the horse breaks into a gallop
>
2. to make entry or entrance into <
broke into the house
>
<
break into show business
>
3. interrupt <
break into a TV program with a news flash
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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