break through

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break through (third-person singular simple present breaks through, present participle breaking through, simple past broke through, past participle broken through)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see break,‎ through.
  2. (intransitive) To gain popularity.
  3. (intransitive, sports) To penetrate the defence of the opposition.
    • 2011 September 2, “Wales 2-1 Montenegro”, in BBC[1]:
      Montenegro gave Wales a scare in the first minute at the Cardiff City Stadium when Stevan Jovetic broke through, only to screw his shot well wide.
  4. (transitive) To make or force a way through (a barrier)