Definition of break in in English:

break in

1Force entry to a building: would-be thieves had smashed the door lock in an attempt to break in
More example sentences
  • The thieves broke in by forcing a casement window in the dining room before ransacking the house.
  • When no one answered, they broke in and searched the building, only to find a watchman sleeping at his post.
  • They broke in by forcing a lock on a door and then made off in a stolen car.
commit burglary, break and enter; force one's way in, burst in
British archaic crack a crib
2 [with direct speech] Interject: ‘I don’t want to interfere,’ Mrs Hendry broke in the doctor’s voice broke in on her thoughts
More example sentences
  • ‘We know that,’ broke in Chris.
  • The publicist, sitting between us in the back seat, broke in, ‘A friend of mine is the U. S. ambassador to France.’
  • ‘So where are we going to go now?’ she broke in.
interrupt, butt in, cut in, interject, interpose, intervene, chime in; interfere, put one's oar in, have one's say
British informal chip in
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