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break a/the code

To determine or decipher a secret code. It is imperative that we break the enemy code and access their plans. She definitely broke the code on my phone—her picture is suddenly my new background!
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break a code

to figure out a code; to decipher a secret code. The intelligence agents finally broke the enemy's code. When they broke the code, they were able to decipher messages.
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The original complainant has now asked Mr Jones to order an independent investigation into whether she broke the code by involving herself in responding to a complaint against her conduct and asking for the identity of the complainant to be revealed to her.
The original complainant has now asked Mr Jones to order an independent investigation into whether or not she broke the code by involving herself in responding to a complaint against her conduct and asking for the identity of the complainant to be revealed to her.
Steve Chadwick They broke the code but could not warn coventry as then the germans would know the code had been broken.
They certainly weren't upset that he broke the code of over protecting his children.
Punk broke the code of conformity and its legacy can be seen in the music and art of John Lydon, Mark E Smith's poetry for the working classes and the arty existential angst and drama of Ian Curtis and Joy Division.
Ranch owner Dennis Hoff said: "She broke the code, which is discretion with all clients.
Over half of state schools - 3,600 - broke the code aimed at giving all children an equal chance of their preferred one, the annual report of the Schools Adjudicator revealed yesterday.
The sixth TV advert was for a bingo service which broke the code because it seemed to suggest gambling could improve self-image or self-esteem and achieve financial security.
html) has a sample of The Rosslyn Motet, as they named it, and a video demonstrating how they broke the code with an ancient musical system called cymatics.
The programme said the bank's director of policy co-ordination and risk, John Spence, admitted that Lloyds TSB broke the code.
It said the pack broke the code of practice because it appealed to under-18s.
Enigma, based on Robert Harris's best-selling novel, is the Second World War thriller about the famous Nazi code and the crucial turning point in the war when the British broke the code in 1943.
A broker was caught pushing endowment policies and downplaying repayment policies - advice which clearly broke the code guidelines.
We broke the code [of the double-blind study] in July and were astonished at the results," Sears says.
They were sworn to secrecy if they joined and told they would have to pay a fine plus a cut in their profits if they broke the code of silence.