break in

break in(
breyk
 
ihn
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to force entry)
a. forzar la entrada
We hadn't realized that someone had broken until we saw that the safe was empty.No nos habíamos dado cuenta de que alguien había forzado la entrada hasta que vimos que la caja fuerte estaba vacía.
b. entrar
Somebody broke in and stole all of our stuff!¡Alguien entró y nos robó todo!
2. (to interrupt)
a. interrumpir
Why did you feel the need to break in on our discussion with these inane ideas?¿Por qué te pareció necesario interrumpir nuestra discusión con estas ideas absurdas?
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
3. (to train)
a. domar
it took us months to break in this horse and to teach him how to wear a saddle.Nos costó meses domar este caballo y para adiestrarlo para llevar silla de montar.
b. instruir (military)
My gym teacher sometimes seems a sergeant breaking in new recruits.Mi profesora de gimnasia a veces parece un sargento instruyendo reclutas nuevos.
4. (to wear until comfortable)
a. ablandar
Your cowboy boots feel too tight, because you didn't break them in first.Te aprietan las botas vaqueras, porque no las ablandaste primero.
b. domar
These pants may be a bit tight, but I'm sure you can break them in in a few days.Puede que estos pantalones te aprieten, pero estoy seguro de que puedes domarlos en unos días.
5. (to smash down)
a. echar abajo
Sir, this is the police. Please open the door or we'll break it in.Señor, es la policía. Por favor, abra la puerta o vamos a echarla abajo.
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break in
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (horse, new shoes)
a. domar
2. (new recruit)
a. amoldar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (burglar)
a. forzar la entrada
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break in
transitive verb
1 [+door] forzar; echar abajo
2 (train) [+horse] domar; amansar; [+recruit] formar
3 [+shoes] domar; acostumbrarse a
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 [+burglar] forzar la entrada
2 (interrupt) (on conversation) interrumpir
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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