break into sth phrasal

verb (T)
1 STEAL to enter a building by using force, in order to steal something: Thieves broke into the bank vault by digging a tunnel.
2 break into a run/gallop/trot etc to suddenly start running etc: Suzie heard footsteps behind her and broke into a run.
3 break into a sweat to start sweating (sweat2 (1): The game was over before I'd even broken into a sweat!
4 NEW BUSINESS ACTIVITY to become involved in a new activity, especially a business activity: British Airways is trying to break into the American market.
5 MONEY to start to spend money that you did not want to spend: We'll have to break into the $500 your dad gave us.
6 INTERRUPT to interrupt an activity by saying or doing something: Sorry to break into your lunch hour, but I must speak to you urgently.
7 break into tears/laughter/cheers etc to suddenly start crying, laughing etc

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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