break into

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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. (to enter forcibly)
a. entrar en
Clearly someone had broken into the office, because the lock had been forced, but nothing was missing.Estaba claro que alguien había entrado en la oficina, porque la cerradura estaba forzada, pero no faltaba nada.
b. entrar a robar en (thief)
Do most burglars break into houses at night?¿La mayoría de los ladrones que entran a robar en las casas lo hacen de noche?
c. allanar
Police broke into the apartment and arrested two people.La policía allanó el departamento y detuvo a dos personas.
d. entrar a la fuerza
Era tarde y no encontraba mis llaves, así que tuve que entrar a la fuerza a mi propia casa.It was late, and I couldn't find my keys, so I had to break into my own house.
e. abrir (a car)
When I got back to the parking lot, I found my car had been broken into.Al volver al estacionamiento, me encontré con que me habían abierto el coche.
2. (to gain presence in)
a. introducirse en
It's always a challenge for a company to break into an established market.Es siempre un desafío para una empresa introducirse en un mercado ya establecido.
3. (to begin suddenly)
a. ponerse a
The horse broke into a gallop and I couldn't control it.El caballo se puso a galopar y yo no pude controlarlo.
b. echar a
She saw the bus coming and broke into a run.Vio que venía el autobus y echó a correr.
c. romper a
This being a musical, characters would break into song when you least expected it.Como era un musical, los personajes rompían a cantar cuando menos te lo esperabas.
d. ponerse (smile)
Steph's face broke into a wide grin when she saw what I'd brought with me.A Steph se le puso una sonrisa de oreja a oreja en la cara cuando vio lo que le había traído.
4. (to interrupt)
a. interrumpir
A sharp voice broke into her thoughts, and she jumped.Una voz aguda interrumpió sus pensamientos, y ella se sobresaltó.
5. (to start using)
a. echar mano de
We'll have to break into the inheritance to buy the house.Tendremos que echar mano de la herencia para comprar la casa.
b. cambiar (a bill)
I'll pay for it. No need to break into a hundred-dollar bill.Yo lo pago. No hace falta que cambies un billete de cien dólares.
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break into
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. (of burglar; house)
a. entrar en
2. (begin suddenly)
a.
to b into laughter/a song/a runecharse a reír/cantar/correr
break into
intransitive verb
1 [+house] entrar a robar en; allanar; [+safe] forzar
2 (Comm) etc
to break into a new market introducirse en un mercado nuevo; to break into films introducirse en el mundo cinematográfico
She finally broke into films after an acclaimed stage career
3 (begin suddenly) echar a; romper a
to break into a run echar or empezar a correr; to break into song ponerse a cantar
Sam surprised us all by climbing onto the table and breaking into song
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