break into

Definitions

  • He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246
    He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v break into change pace "The dancers broke into a cha-cha","The horse broke into a gallop"
    • v break into express or utter spontaneously "break into a yodel","break into a song","break into tears"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

IF I LETS THE BLIGHTERS GO THE CORPORAL'LL CUSS ME INTO 'EAPS. AN' IF I 'OLDS ON TO 'EM I'LL BREAK MY BLINKIN' NECK IF I LETS THE BLIGHTERS GO THE CORPORAL'LL CUSS ME INTO 'EAPS. AN' IF I 'OLDS ON TO 'EM I'LL BREAK MY BLINKIN' NECK

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Canadian holiday Boxing Day got its name from the custom of giving. Servants were given boxes which had money hidden inside them from their employers. The servants would have to break the box into pieces to get the money
    • Break into to enter violently or unexpectedly, to interpose abruptly in a conversation, &c
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Quotations

  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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    “There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
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    “What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “I have full cause of weeping, but this heart shall break into a hundred thousand flaws or ere I'll weep.”
  • Napoleon Hill
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    “All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.”
  • Fitzhugh Dodson
    Fitzhugh Dodson
    “First you write down your goal; your second job is to break down your goal into a series of steps, beginning with steps which are absurdly easy.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brecan; Ger. brechen.

Usage

In literature:

Instantly the barbarian, breaking into rage, cut him down with his sword.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
She sometimes dreamed of breaking into this Elysium, of expelling the regnant devil and rescuing Eberhard Ludwig.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
He knew the same wilderness you're trying to break into, but he only goes there for pleasure.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler
He yearned to break into a run, but dared not.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
To ride hawse-fallen, is when the water breaks into the hawse in a rough sea, driving all before it.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
As soon as the butter is melted break one egg into a cup and slip into the pan.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
She breaks into a low laugh which ripples round the room, and seems to die away in something like a sob.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
Break the eggs into a bowl, add the cream to them, and beat them till well mixed.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Break the egg into the flour.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
He figured out the way to break into our meat cache, and what he didn't eat, the rest of the team did.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
The rising column, which is nearly cylindrical, breaks up into drops before or during its subsequent descent into the liquid.
"The Splash of a Drop" by A. M. Worthington
That woman is meditating whether she sha'n't break into the house to preach Christian Science.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
The masters break into laughter.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
At f and g occurs the breaking up of the filament into rodlets.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Here it plunges down rapids, breaking into crevasses as the river in corresponding phase breaks into ripples.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Watching it thus, he fell into a thoughtful silence, which Honor made no attempt to break.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
The rest of the contained protoplasm breaks up into "swarm spores" (e).
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Gradually it breaks down and becomes plastic, the elastic, tough curd being changed into a softened mass.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
The last thing he did was to call for a fresh raw egg, and break it into a half glass of milk.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
There's some one breaking into the Johnson house, and Jane Bristol is there alone with the children.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
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In poetry:

I raise my hands to hold them
When winter days are near,
And clasp a falling snowflake
That breaks into a tear.
"The Man Who Trod On Sleeping Grass" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Out of darkness light is born,
Out of weakness make me strong:
One glad day will every thorn
Break into a rose of song.
"Song of A Poor Pilgrim" by George MacDonald
So with me live, and with me die;
And may no "Finis" e'er intrude
To break into mere "Printer's Pie"
The Type of our Beatitude!
"The Passionate Printer To His Love" by Henry Austin Dobson
Hark! The pulse of measured rowing,
And the silver clarions blowing,
From the distant darkness, break
Into this illumined lake.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Steadfast and still the same
On my object bent,
While the hands give vent
To my ardour and my aim
And break into very flame—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
Let mortals ne'er refuse to take
Th' hosannah on their tongues,
Lest rocks and stones should rise and break
Their silence into songs.
"Hymn 16" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Man breaks into Boise zoo and kills monkey.
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. Junction City police continue their search for a brazen burglar who has been breaking into homes in the middle of the night and stealing things as residents sleep nearby.
The man who was shot while breaking into a Marquette home appeared in court Monday.
A suspected burglar got a surprise when he tried to break into an Oklahoma City home, only to find out that a boxing and kickboxing trainer lives there.
An alleged burglar got a surprise when he tried to break into an Oklahoma City home, only to find out that a boxing and kickboxing trainer lives there.
Transgenders break into Brazil 's modeling sector.
0They were arrested after witnesses saw them breaking into the EZ Stop on Thursday morning.
They were arrested after witnesses saw them breaking into the EZ Stop on Thursday morning.
Streetsboro police say a father-son duo is responsible for breaking into a business on S.R 14 in the city in November 2011 and stealing a safe full of more than $10,000 in valuables.
"We're kind of in a place where … if you're not paying attention, you wouldn't notice someone breaking into the building," Mr Walther said.
Napa County authorities have arrested a 21-year-old suspected of breaking into House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's home in California's wine country.
The 29-year-old Onyeuku, who played for the Redbirds from 2004 to 2006, was fatally shot while breaking into a home last week, according to police in Plano, Texas.
The Minnesota teens killed on Thanksgiving Day while breaking into a home have been linked to an earlier robbery, authorities said on Wednesday.
0Colorado Springs Police officers are looking for at least two people accused of breaking into several cars and stealing one in the northern part of the city.
An Elkins man is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly trying to break into his mother's house.
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In science:

F (x, y ) is the breakup kernel describing the rate at which a particle of size (x + y ) breaks into sizes x and y .
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
Consider the case of dilute randomness,18 that is, consider a uniform spin-1 chain with a small fraction of very weak bonds that effectively break the chain into pure finite segments weakly coupled with each other.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
When there are at least three (1, 0) horizontal curves, by the following lemma the original configuration of curves in P1 × P1 breaks into the two cases of no vertical curves or one vertical curve.
Rational polynomials of simple type
Turning to the case of dIIB, where the K D3-branes have turned into K D-strings and the N D1-strings have turned into N D3-branes, the possibility for the wound D3-branes to emit a wound string into the bulk becomes a rather mundane symmetry breaking process.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
At this point, the p − p chain breaks into three branches, whose relative frequencies are indicated in the figure.
How the sun shines
However, in dimension, d, greater than two an arbitrarily small random field does not cause the system to break up into domains on long length scales and long range order is preserved up to a critical field strength.
Computer Science in Physics
Tc > 0 otherwise there would be large scale excitations which cost vanishingly small energy and the system would break up into domains at any finite temperature.
Computer Science in Physics
The negative value means that the system will break up into large domains at any finite temperature, so there is no spin glass state except at T = 0.
Computer Science in Physics
If Y breaks into several local irreducible components at p, the normalization of Y will make these components disconnected.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
These authors showed that the Witten index breaks up into a bulk and a boundary contribution, each of which is separately fractional.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Thus, whenever d/2 ≥ d − 1, i.e. d ≤ 2, it is energetically favorable for the system to break into domains.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
For L > Lb the expectation is that the system spontaneously breaks up into domains.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
It is known, however, [5, 6] that at least for certain regions of parameter space, the higher order corrections to the production cross-section can be substantial and they are also sensitive to supersymmetry breaking parameters such as the squark masses, which do not enter into the tree-level calculation.
Prototype Graphs for radiative Corrections to Polarized Chargino or Neutralino Production in Electron-Positron Annihilation
F (x, y ) is the breakup kernel describing the rules and the rate at which a particle of size (x + y ) breaks into sizes x and y .
Transition from random to ordered fractals in fragmentation of particles in an open system
If the blocks break into irregular fragments, they would roll down from the top of the collapsed pile.
Some simple physical facts about the collapse of the Twin Towers
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