Definition of break someone in in English:

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break someone in

1Familiarize someone with a new job or situation: there was no time to break in a new executive assistant
More example sentences
  • Initially, you are broken in gently, but too gently, for the first two campaigns are over before you have any real trouble.
  • Is this another way of breaking us in gently, as per your previous observations?
  • I figured they were breaking me in and not giving me a chance to think this would be an easy job.
train, initiate
informal show someone the ropes
1.1 (break a horse) Accustom a horse to a saddle and bridle, and to being ridden.
Example sentences
  • Many of the horses had not been broken in and it was difficult to round them up.
  • He next day, his son grappled with one of these wild horses and tried to break it in, and he got thrown and broke his leg.
  • She broke them in and she rode them and that is how she got into the British team.
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