- a person who breaks into and enters a house with a felonious intent.
- a worker or wrecking company that demolishes houses and buildings, as to make room for new construction.
- a person who buys doors, paneled walls, etc., from standing houses, to sell as antiques; a person who dismantles a house of its valuable parts before it is torn down.
Origin of housebreaker
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Examples from the Web for housebreaker
I feel enough like a sneakin' ragamuffin and housebreaker as 'tis.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
I—I—I did n't mean that; I did n't say you were a housebreaker.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
I do declare I felt azactly like a housebreaker;—and no soul to notice what you carries.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
First and foremost, Fagey, said the housebreaker, hows Bill?Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)
They'll take you up for a housebreaker, if you're not quiet.