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 Greene is charged with burglary 1st degree, theft 1st degree, breaking and entering a vehicle, aggravated assault on a police officer, attempting to elude, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Christopher Harress |, al, "Deputy assaulted after Limestone County auto business burglarized," 26 Dec. 2019 The warrant, issued out of Attleboro District Court, charges Gearhart with breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, breaking and entering a vehicle for a felony, larceny, larceny over $1,200 and conspiracy, according to police., "Mansfield police are looking for two men who allegedly stole from a home while the homeowners slept early Tuesday morning, according to a statement posted on Facebook.," 19 Dec. 2019 Police are investigating a report of breaking and entering that happened in the 6500 block of Gracely Drive. Segann March,, "Police: Large number Stihl power tools stolen in break-in," 25 Nov. 2019 He has been accused of assaulting women, breaking a windshield with a brick, breaking and entering, and gun violence. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, "Earlier victim of suspect in Detroit officer's death recalls terrifying encounter," 24 Nov. 2019 Perez, 19, and Tuder, 30, allegedly got into an altercation as the police officer was trying to arrest Perez at the Peach Place Apartments in West Mobile Jan. 22 on several breaking and entering crimes. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Death penalty sought against suspect accused of killing Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder," 29 Oct. 2019 Little’s nearly 40-year murderous spree was interrupted at various points for minor charges and prison stints for shoplifting, fraud, drug possession, and breaking and entering. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "He killed woman after woman after woman after woman ...," 27 Oct. 2019 Some of the initial reports came in as misdemeanor crimes, such as breaking and entering, with limited details, which made the investigation challenging, authorities said. Darran Simon, CNN, "11 men have been assaulted in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina since January 2018, police say," 16 Oct. 2019 Little’s close to 40-year murderous spree was interrupted at various points for minor charges and prison stints for shoplifting, fraud, drug possession, and breaking and entering. Andrew Boryga,, "He started murdering women in South Florida — then became the worst serial killer in U.S. history," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Breaking and entering.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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