breaking and entering


breaking and entering

noun

law : the crime of illegally entering a house, building, etc., especially by using force

Full Definition of BREAKING AND ENTERING

:  the act of forcing or otherwise gaining unlawful passage into and entering another's building

Examples of BREAKING AND ENTERING

  1. The thief was arrested and charged with breaking and entering.

First Known Use of BREAKING AND ENTERING

1778

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