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breaking and entering

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noun Criminal Law.
  1. forcible entry into the home or office of another.
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Origin of breaking and entering

First recorded in 1790–1800
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British Dictionary definitions for breaking and entering

breaking and entering

noun
  1. (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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