American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A forcible entry, as into a building or room, for an illegal purpose, especially theft.
- n. An initial period of employment or operation during which the performance of a person or thing may be evaluated and adjusted.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In carpentry, a hole made in brickwork with the ripping-chisel, to receive a plug, the end of a beam, or the like.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. an act of trespassing into a closed structure such as a house or place of busineess for an unlawful purpose, usually as part of a burglary.
- v. enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
- v. break into a conversation
- v. break so as to fall inward
- v. start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
- v. intrude on uninvited
- v. make submissive, obedient, or useful
- n. trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent
“The late Rutgers law professor Arthur Kinoy argued that the Nixon White House was tipped off that the Supreme Court was about to disapprove of warrantless wiretapping and the purpose of the break-in was to retrieve bugs that had been placed in the DNC headquarters.”
“Not only was she seen with Joseph on Monday, guests and employees at the hotel noticed her and Joseph together just before the break-in today.”
“I wish to report a break-in and what appears to be an unfortunate casualty resulting from it….”
“These included revisiting my above-described migraine, walking alone at night in an unsafe neighborhood, heart-attack-like symptoms and reporting a break-in at my house in the middle of the night.”
“Comfortable in his office, slagging off the police for not attending a break-in that occurred 5 days ago that has just been called in.”
“DCPI Officer Peter Figoski Officer Peter Figoski, 47 years old, and his partner, Glenn Estrada, were providing backup outside the scene of the break-in about 2:15 a.m. when a suspected robber burst out of the basement apartment.”
“They were called to the residence on reported break-in.”
“In many of these cases, violence accompanies the break-in.”
“He was responding to a reported break-in at a specific house.”
“Gates protested that he had been racially profiled as a black man when arrested for disorderly conduct in his own home by a white police officer responding to a break-in call.”
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