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  • v. To enter a place by force or illicit means.
  • v. To cause (something, or someone, new) to function more naturally through use or wear
  • v. To tame; make obedient; to train to follow orders of the owner.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • On the night of May 8 he had sent trains to the northern end of the break in the Weldon Railroad.


  • After the first couple of visits, I would back into these spacesbecause pulling to the curb, waiting for a break in the traffic, then throwing the car into reverse and swinging it rear-end-first between the lines made me feel more Italian; and because, post-cappuccino, it was easier to pull out into the traffic lanes if you were facing forward.

    The Italian Summer

  • There is no record of a break in the line of Catholic succession in Raphoe.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Maryland Steuart mismanaged his part in an affair near Woodstock and saw some of his men break in panic.


  • But his initial four-pitch walk to Roy White suggested the possibility of a mistake, whether from a dip in concentration or a break in his rhythm.

    The Greatest Game

  • Jensen, who had learned Arabic in Syria and Morocco and was interpreting the exchanges between Colonel MacFarland and the Awakening tribal leaders, collared the American commander during a break in their first meeting with the sheikhs, saying, “I think this is awesome.”

    The Longest War

  • The expedient of the authorities was to hasten the advance of the soldiers as far north as the break in the line at Stony Creek.


  • Simiot argued that it should have a gap at Bordeaux, because a break in the line there would redound greatly to the wealth of the Bordeaux porters, commissionaires, hotelkeepers, bargemen, and the like, and thus, by enriching Bordeaux, would enrich France.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • The day before, when Mary had ordered two of the house boys to remove a brown, dead, potted tree—one of the many potted plants adorning the slate-tiled courtyard—from this corner of the courtyard, Rowena had first noticed the break in the wall.


  • How odd he would think her were she to interrupt him or wait for a break in the conversation and ask him what he thought of the work of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt!

    The Empty Family


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