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housebreak (v.)

1820, "to break into a house criminally;" perhaps a back-formation from housebreaking or housebreaker. Sense of "to train a domestic animal to be clean in the house" is from 1881. Related: Housebroken.

updated on September 08, 2015

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Definitions of housebreak from WordNet

housebreak (v.)
train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house;
Synonyms: house-train
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.