Phrasal verb: break in

  1. break in (to something)
    force entry to a building
    Example: Somebody broke in last night and stole our television.

When I was a child, someone broke into my parent’s garage and stole the lawn mower!

2.   break something in
          Transitive / Separable
          Meaning: wear something a few times so that it doesn’t look/feel new
          Example: I need to break in my new sneakers before I run the marathon!

Did you know that a good way to break in soccer cleats is to wear them in the shower?  It seems strange, but it works!

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