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

Other Words from housebreaking

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

Examples of housebreaking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many people need help troubleshooting issues such as housebreaking or leash-walking difficulties. NBC News, 14 Feb. 2022 Zandile Christmas Mafe, 49, who liked to talk politics with friends, was charged on Tuesday with arson, theft, housebreaking and possession of explosives. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 The man is expected to appear in court Tuesday to face charges of arson, housebreaking, and theft, a police spokesperson said. Harold Maass, The Week, 3 Jan. 2022 The suspect, who is due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Tuesday, has been charged with housebreaking, theft and arson, police said in a statement. Ally Barnard, Alex Stambaugh And David Mckenzie, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 What about a puppy, which needs training and housebreaking, vs. an older dog, which may just need refreshers on those things and may be easier to handle? Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 8 June 2021 Some dog diaper brands are disposable, which works best for short-term situations such as female menstruation, active mating season or housebreaking. Michael Pollick,, 24 Mar. 2021 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., 2 Nov. 2017 Consistent housebreaking should be completed in a week, but continue with training to reinforce the lessons. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 12 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of housebreaking

1607, in the meaning defined above

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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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