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break into

Meaning: If someone breaks into a building or a vehicle, they force their way in, usually to steal something.

Synonym: burgle

For example:

  • break into sth The burglars broke into the house and stole some jewellery and paintings.

  • break into sth My wife's car has been broken into three times in the last year.

Note: The phrasal verb "break in" has a similar meaning.

Quick Quiz:

After breaking into their new home, he
  1. stole their computer
  2. helped them design the kitchen
  3. thanked them for inviting him

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