noun Date: 1856 1. the act or action of breaking in <
a rash of break-ins at the new apartment house
2. a performance or a series of performances serving as a trial run 3. an initial period of operation during which working parts begin to function efficiently

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • break in — 1) PHRASAL VERB If someone, usually a thief, breaks in, they get into a building by force. → See also break in [V P] Masked robbers broke in and made off with $8,000... [V P] The thief had broken in through a first floor window. 2) PHRASAL VERB… …   English dictionary

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