to break in



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - break in

"to break in"

to enter a place forcibly or illegally

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - break in

"to break in"

to interrupt a conversation or discussion

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - break in

"to break in"

to loosen or soften something with use

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - break in

"to break in"

to train or domesticate an animal

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - break in

"to break in"

to accustom someone to a new task

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - break in

Two friends are talking one Monday morning at work ...

Friend 1: How was your weekend at the lake?

Friend 2:  Not great.  There had been a burglar in our cabin.

Friend 1:  Sorry to hear that. It's terrible when thieves break in.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - break in

An employee is entering the boss's office where the boss is in the middle of a discussion ...

Employee:  Sorry boss, but you wanted to know.

Boss:  What's that?

Employee:  You wanted me to break in on your meeting the minute our biggest client entered the building.

Boss:  Thanks. Don't worry about interrupting.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - break in

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Why are you walking funny?

Friend 2:  I'm trying to break in these new shoes.

Friend 1:  Looks painful.

Friend 2:  The shoes will soften in a couple of days and then they'll be fine.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - break in

Two cowboys are talking ...

Cowboy 1:  Nice horse. Is it new?

Cowboy 2:  Just got it yesterday?

Cowboy 1:  Is it broken to the saddle?

Cowboy 2:  Nope. I'm going to start breaking it in now.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - break in

Two police trainers are talking ...

Supervisor 1:  How's the new recruit working out?

Supervisor 2:  Hard to tell at this point. She's only been on the job one day.

Supervisor 1:  I'm sure you'll have her broken in in no time.





to break in - Usage:

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to break in - Gerund Form:

Breaking in to a building is a crime.

Breaking in when your boss is talking is not a good idea.

Breaking in a new pair of shoes can be painful.

Breaking in a horse to a saddle is not easy.

Breaking someone in to a new job requires patience.



to break in - Examples:

1)  The stranger was invited into the home, he didn't break in.

2)  What I am saying is, outsiders should have a better chance to break in.

3)  It had been about the obscure meaning behind an attempt to break in to a rival party's headquarters.

4)  I was doing my own personal best to break in, with many false starts and little confidence in the outcome.

5)  If you're trying to break in online, you undoubtedly got the memo that content matters... right?

6)  Its not your fault if someone breaks in to your house just because you forgot to lock the door.

7)  Tom Servo promptly breaks in: "Uh, I'm NOT an alien!"

8)  How I start or break in a horse is very difficult to explain in a few paragraphs.

9)  The Blazers are breaking in a brand new head coach.

10)  Just then, his cell phone rang, breaking in on his riff, and he answered it.

11)  Sookie is breaking in through a back window.

12)  My advice for breaking in to fashion: Intern.

13)  A neighbor calls you and asks for help because a burglar is breaking in.

14)  If someone broke in your house what the heck are you going to do, call 911?

15)  Tam broke in, "is there a point to this?"

16)  Mrs. Ladley broke in: "I won't do it!" she said flatly.

17)  One day when Ryokan returned to his hut he discovered a robber who had broken in and was in the process of stealing the impoverished monk's few possessions.

18)  Harry sat up quickly. Had someone broken in? Were they being robbed?

19)  The Queen asks her dresser, Angela Kelly, to break in shoes for her.

20)  If you plan to do a bunch of walking in Jamaica make sure you break in your new shoes before your trip!