breaking and entering


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 in a Sentence

The thief was arrested and charged with breaking and entering.

Recent Examples on the Web

Kent Covington spent eight months in a North Carolina prison in 1974 for breaking and entering, and larceny, and later joined the church. Washington Post, "2 members of secretive NC sect charged with fraud conspiracy," 9 June 2018 In addition, Kenneh had prior convictions for breaking and entering in 2008 and violating a restraining order in 2014, records show. Travis Andersen,, "Feds seek 70-month sentence for Liberian national who attacked ICE agents trying to deport him," 20 Apr. 2018 Bailey had an outstanding warrant for breaking and entering unconnected with the incident, and was later arrested, police said. Lucas Phillips,, "Worcester homeowner shoots alleged trespasser after fight, police say," 29 Apr. 2018 Hughes pleaded guilty to larceny after breaking and entering in 2010, according to North Carolina criminal records. Julianna Rennie, charlotteobserver, "Man stole $8,000 worth of cleaning supplies from CMS schools, CMS says," 7 June 2018 Unreal Estate Amber: The unidentified woman who thought a real estate investor was breaking and entering ... with keys. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Depressed Debbie Calls Police on Black Neighbors Because They Were Happy and She Was Sad," 6 June 2018 The waiting driver, a 33-year-old Parma man, is charged with felony complicity to breaking and entering. Bruce Geiselman,, "Thieves break into Westlake business: police blotter," 12 May 2018 Bailey received treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries at a nearby hospital, police told WHDH, and was then arrested for an outstanding warrant for allegedly breaking and entering. Josh Magness, kansascity, "Retired cop had 'beware of owner' sign. The man who sneaked on his yard learned why, cops say | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 He was wanted on a warrant issued out of Dorchester District Court for breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, said Officer Kim Tavares, a department spokeswoman. Jacob Geanous,, "Dorchester man arrested on gun, drug charges," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of breaking and entering

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breaking and entering was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of breaking and entering

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

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Legal Definition of breaking and entering

: the act of gaining passage into and entering another's property (as a building or vehicle) without privilege or by force also : the crime of breaking and entering — see also burglary

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