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- (intransitive) To enter a place by force or illicit means.
- Someone broke in and stole his radio.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To cause (something, or someone, new) to function more naturally through use or wear
- These shoes will be more comfortable after I have broken them in.
- (transitive, idiomatic) Starting something brand new or at a new level.
- He broke in with the New York Yankees.
- (transitive, of a horse) To tame; make obedient; to train to follow orders of the owner.
- 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty: […], London: Jarrold and Sons, […], →OCLC:
- Captain had been broken in and trained for an army horse; his first owner was an officer of cavalry going out to the Crimean war. He said he quite enjoyed the training with all the other horses, trotting together, turning together, to the right hand or the left, halting at the word of command, or dashing forward at full speed at the sound of the trumpet or signal of the officer.
- (transitive) To take the virginity of a girl, to deflower.
- (intransitive) To interrupt one's conversation; speak before another person has finished speaking.
to enter by force or illicitly
to make something new function well through use
to tame (a horse or other animal)
to interrupt one's conversation