Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of unlawfully breaking into and entering another's house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of breaking into another person's house with unlawful intent.
  • v. Present participle of housebreak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of breaking open and entering, with a felonious purpose, the dwelling house of another, whether done by day or night. See burglary, and To break a house, under break.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The breaking or opening of a house with the intent to commit a felony or to steal or rob. See burglary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent

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Examples

  • The commands were also helpful in housebreaking and before hitting the dove field.

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  • Just to explain the anti thumb-turn covers, these try to prevent one kind of housebreaking attack where someone sticks a wire through your letterbox and turns the lock from the inside.

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  • Crimes such as housebreaking, hijacking, violent crime or road rage had affected nearly every one of the 200 businesses surveyed.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Police commissioner Augustine Chihuri was quoted in the same broadcast reporting a 20 percent drop in crimes such as housebreaking and car theft since the May 19 start of the campaign.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • It was further contributing to the spread of Aids, as it often impaired reasoning and judgement, and led to an increase in crimes such as housebreaking, rape and domestic violence.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Not unlike the latest fear of Mr. Woodhouse's we learn about, his terror of "housebreaking" on the final page of the novel, "the stain of illegitimacy" in Harriet offers a shadowy subversion to the ordered world that Mr. Knightley's marriage to Emma so presumably validates.

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  • Similar systems which focused on other crimes such as housebreaking could be developed in the future, he said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Dowd said statistics for priority crimes such as housebreaking, theft of motor vehicles, theft out of motor vehicles, robbery and pickpocketing showed a marked decrease of 21,61 percent.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The result was a rise of "survival crimes" such as housebreaking, theft and hijacking.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Crimes such as housebreaking and motor vehicle theft, however, showed an 'unacceptable increase', Col Bruce added.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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