house·​break·​ing | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce housebreaking (audio) \

Definition of housebreaking

: an act of breaking open and entering the dwelling house of another with a felonious purpose

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housebreaker \ ˈhau̇s-​ˌbrā-​kər How to pronounce housebreaker (audio) \ noun

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According to the Liverpool Echo, Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren were the victims of housebreaking, with Mane's house being accessed by the thieves, while Lovren's patio was smashed., "Liverpool's Lovren, Mane Have Homes Broken Into During Champions League Match," 2 Nov. 2017 Consistent housebreaking should be completed in a week, but continue with training to reinforce the lessons. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Dogs 101: Tips on caring for your dog," 12 June 2017 As the story begins, the brothers commit a crime—a housebreaking—with mixed results. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "“The Founder” and “The Ardennes” Reviews," 16 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of housebreaking

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of housebreaking was in 1607

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English Language Learners Definition of housebreaking

: the act of forcefully entering someone's house in order to commit a crime (such as robbery)


house·​break·​ing | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce housebreaking (audio) \

Legal Definition of housebreaking

: the act of breaking into and entering the dwelling house of another for the purpose of committing a felony

Other Words from housebreaking

housebreaker noun

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