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 Following a trial in May, DeSalvo was found guilty of assault and battery and breaking and entering, and he was sent to the Billerica House of Correction., 14 May 2022 Officers called for medical attention for the man, and then charged him with breaking and entering. cleveland, 14 Jan. 2022 Other charges included first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, animal cruelty for shooting a dog and attempting to elude. Carol Robinson |, al, 7 May 2022 Mark Lafleur had several run-ins with the law over the years, including charges of assault and breaking and entering, which led to widespread media coverage in Canada. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 John Adam Mitchell, 46, is charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, first-degree theft of property, resisting arrest, attempting to elude and four counts of breaking and entering a vehicle. Carol Robinson |, al, 21 Mar. 2022 Selina, while very fond of cats and casual breaking and entering, hasn't adopted the Catwoman moniker yet. Chancellor Agard,, 16 Feb. 2022 Police charged the suspect with breaking and entering. cleveland, 11 Mar. 2022 In one very long letter, Jesse’s mother seeks to explain to Chandler the intense and unyielding pain that his book has caused her and to prove that there was more to her son’s life than his act of breaking and entering. Robert Rubsam, The New Republic, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of breaking and entering

1598, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Breaking and entering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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