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

He had been arrested on charges of breaking and entering. Kevin Rector,, "'I need to know what happened to my son,' says mother of man who died in a Baltimore jail," 7 June 2019 Teens on the list have been charged with crimes like breaking and entering, stealing cars, robbery and homicide, Teague said. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "7 teens have been charged with murder in the past month. What's going on in Charlotte? | Charlotte Observer," 26 Apr. 2018 He was charged with domestic assualt and battery, strangulation or suffocation, and breaking and entering in the daytime, police said. Andres Picon And Katie Camero,, "State Police Air Wing helps in capture of man wanted for domestic incident in Methuen," 5 July 2018 The man is currently on parole for breaking and entering, burglary and safecracking. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Pastor encounters man in church, is threatened: Solon police blotter," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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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