expand into

expand (something) into (something)

1. To become larger or more extensive. Don't pull the cord on that, or it will expand into a raft!
2. To make something larger or more extensive. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "expand" and "into." Don't expand that into a raft just yet—wait till we get to the lake. The publisher wants me to expand my short story into a novella.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

expand something into something

to enlarge something into something; to make something grow into something. She expanded her business into a national company. I would like to build on an addition to expand this room into a more usable space.
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expand into something

to grow into something; to enlarge into something. The little problem expanded into a big one in no time at all. In no time at all, the vegetable garden had expanded into a small farm.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Global Banking News-October 23, 2017--Avaloq looking to expand into Asia
Swiss fintech company, Avaloq, has announced plans to expand into Asia.
DafMex (Dameron Alloy Foundries in Mexico), Mexicali, Mexico, poured its first casting in May, and has continued to produce stainless steel components for the pump and valve markets with plans to expand into other alloys and markets.
The new building will allow the company, which manufacturers and distributes plumbing parts for heating systems, to expand into the repair of air conditioning pumps and motors.
Many businesses are choosing to relocate or expand into renovated, historic buildings.
Upon consummation of this first round of financing, 2dmkt.com plans to expand into other secondary market trading areas.
With plans to expand into a larger space in less than a year, TeknoSurf expects to employ at least 15 people in its New york City office.
recently completed two separate but related real estate transactions that will enable its client, Time, Inc., to initially occupy approximately 1.75 million square feet and ultimately expand into 2.6 million square feet of modern, redesigned and reconfigured offices under essentially one roof in the heart of Midtown Manhattan's corporate corridor.
The new stack will include buffer space by placing departments that can easily be relocated, such as corporate administration functions, between the large magazine groups so that the units can expand into adjacent space more easily.
In other promising news, the venerable Coffee Shop eatery will expand into Union Square Park this year; Toys 'R' Us has leased the 40,000 square-foot former Kiddie City site at Union Square East and 16th Street; and Bradlee's, the giant discount department store, has committed to open at the former May's Department Store site on 14th Street.