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break into

  

      vb   intr, prep  
1    to enter (a house, etc.) illegally, esp. by force  
2    to change abruptly from a slower to a faster speed  
the horse broke into a gallop     
3    to consume (supplies held in reserve)  
at the end of the exercise the soldiers had to break into their iron rations     
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exp.
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
[Bus.]
exp.
meet someone by chance
E.g.I ran into James the other day when I was shopping (meaning=I met James without planning it, by chance)
exp.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
exp.
do something which puts you in a very difficult situation and limits the way that you can act
v.
To change something into something better
Fanute the apartment into a house. Jesus can fanute water into wine.
adj.
brought into servitude; slave to someone
exp.
1. break; fall apart; 2. be in a bad mood
v.
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
v.
to recycle somethiing and make it into something more upmarket
a necklace made of upcycled plastic bags
n.
police crowd management technique that consists of herding people into a compact group. AKA corralling
n.
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
n.
a care order is an official instruction (made by a judge or magistrate) that a child should be taken into care
n.
the point where a minor change turns into a major and irreversible one
[Bus.] E.g. : Some have anticipated that social media would be the tipping point of web marketing.
n.
adding narrative to a topic ; transforming some facts into a story
exp.
research into the integrity of the counterparty to a proposed contract and in the veracity of his claims
A lawyer is expected to do 'due diligence'. Would be culpable if he failed to do so. The bigger the contract, the more 'due diligence'.
n.
A fraudulent intentional demonstration during or before it is entered into a computer system.
[Tech.];[Leg.] A fraudulent intentional demonstration during or before it is entered into a computer system.
exp.
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
exp.
something is easy to do
n.
hin, often tapered piece of material, such as wood, stone, or metal, used to fill gaps, make something level, or adjust something to fit properly
n.
1. using copyright law to make a piece of work freely available and allowing its free distribution and modification (as long as its derivate versions follow the same copyright rules)

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