break in
verb Date: circa 1535 intransitive verb 1. to enter something (as a building or computer system) without consent or by force 2. a. intrude <
break in upon his privacy
b. to interrupt a conversation 3. to start in an activity or enterprise <
breaking in as a cub reporter
transitive verb 1. to accustom to a certain activity or occurrence <
break in the new clerk
2. to overcome the stiffness or newness of <
break in a pair of shoes

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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