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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: break, code
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Here they broke the codes of machines used by the Nazis for sending messages to their troops.
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Until I was about 50 I would say, or until menopause, I had lived my entire life with the Belief that there was a code I was about to break and as soon as I broke the code, what was going to Be revealed was going to be the thing I had Been searching for my entire life.