an illegal entry into a home, car, office, etc.

Origin of break-in

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase break in Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for break-in

burglary, robbery, housebreaking

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  • They also breed and break-in camels, which they sell in the Tiflis market.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

  • It only needed the break-in of the Patrol to complete the illusion of action-fiction—crime variety.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

  • A young ox is generally more difficult to break-in than an old one: I do not know why.

    The Art of Travel

    Francis Galton