Definition of 'break in'
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Example sentences containing 'break in'
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At one's own parties, she pointed out, one was entitled to break in on any conversation. LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTRE
Parson Hooper put the investigation of the church break-in in the hands of the police. THE MAIN CAGES (2002)There'd been no break-in here; everything had been done in a civilized manner - which made it all the more sinister. IN REMEMBRANCE OF ROSE (2002)It said the precise time of the break-in had not been communicated. WHITE LIES (2002)
Translations for 'break in'
British English: break in /breɪk ɪn/ VERB
If someone breaks in, they get into a building by force.
The robbers broke in and stole a valuable painting.
- American English: break in
- Arabic: يَقْتَحِم
- Brazilian Portuguese: arrombar
- Chinese: 闯入
- Croatian: provaliti
- Czech: vloupat se
- Danish: bryde ind
- Dutch: inbreken
- European Spanish: entrar
- Finnish: murtautua jonnekin
- French: cambrioler
- German: einbrechen
- Greek: κάνω διάρρηξη
- Italian: irrompere
- Japanese: 押し入る
- Korean: 침입하다
- Norwegian: bryte (seg) inn
- Polish: włamać się
- European Portuguese: arrombar
- Romanian: a intra prin efracție
- Russian: вламываться
- Spanish: irrumpir
- Swedish: göra inbrott
- Thai: บุกเข้าไป
- Turkish: kırıp girmek
- Ukrainian: вдиратися
- Vietnamese: đột nhập
Definition of break in from the Collins English Dictionary
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