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break-in

[breyk-in] /ˈbreɪkˌɪn/
noun
1.
an illegal entry into a home, car, office, etc.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; noun use of verb phrase break in
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British Dictionary definitions for break-in

break in

verb (adverb)
1.
(sometimes foll by on) to interrupt
2.
(intransitive) to enter a house, etc, illegally, esp by force
3.
(transitive) to accustom (a person or animal) to normal duties or practice
4.
(transitive) to use or wear (shoes, new equipment, etc) until comfortable or running smoothly
5.
(transitive) (Austral & NZ) to bring (new land) under cultivation
noun
6.
  1. the illegal entering of a building, esp by thieves
  2. (as modifier): the break-in plans
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