Etymology
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housebreaking (n.)

"breaking into a house with felonious intent," early 14c., from house (n.) + break (v.). Formerly used of crimes by day, burglary being for crimes by night. Modifying or replacing earlier husbreche, Old English hus-bryce. Housebreaker is from mid-15c.

updated on September 08, 2015

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Definitions of housebreaking from WordNet

housebreaking (n.)
trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent;
Synonyms: break-in / breaking and entering
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