breaking and entering

noun

: 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 The 15-year-old boy was been charged with breaking and entering a vehicle in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny of a firearm, and conspiracy to commit a crime, Ryan’s office said. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2023 Jackson-Bolanos also faces additional charges of breaking and entering without permission and lying to a peace officer. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 13 Dec. 2023 After his release, he was sent back for breaking and entering and auto theft. Annalisa Quinn, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2023 In March 2021, records say Harrington was paroled from an Ohio prison after serving 14 years for charges including breaking and entering and safecracking. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 2 May 2023 Burglaries and breaking and entering, meanwhile, remained flat from the year before. Mark Berman, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2023 Read full article The 14-year-old boy was charged with breaking and entering a vehicle in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm, and conspiracy to commit a crime, the statement said. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2023 Rahim Zanders, 23, is facing 21 charges including breaking and entering, safecracking, possessing criminal tools and possessing a weapon as a felon. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 10 Aug. 2023 In addition to the murder conviction, Rhodes has pending charges of 2nd degree assault, promoting prison contraband, breaking and entering and attempting to elude police, according to the Mobile Metro Jail docket. Warren Kulo | Wkulo@al.com, al, 17 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breaking and entering was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Breaking and entering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breaking%20and%20entering. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

breaking and entering

noun
: 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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