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breaking and entering

noun, Criminal Law.
forcible entry into the home or office of another.
Origin of breaking and entering
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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breaking and entering

(formerly) the gaining of unauthorized access to a building with intent to commit a crime or, having committed the crime, the breaking out of the building
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