break through

break through
phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "break through":
present tense I/you/we/they break through he/she/it breaks through present participle breaking through past tense broke through past participle broken through
1)
a) break through something to force your way through something that is stopping you from moving forward

A group of young demonstrators attempted to break through police lines.

b) to successfully deal with something that is stopping you making progress

attempts to break through prejudice in the workplace

2)
a) break through something if something that was hidden breaks through something, it appears through it

Maggie's head broke through the surface of the pool.

b) if the sun breaks through the clouds, it appears from behind them

sunshine breaking through the clouds


English dictionary. 2014.

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