breaking and entering


noun Criminal Law.

forcible entry into the home or office of another.

Nearby words

  1. breakfast,
  2. breakfast club,
  3. breakfast food,
  4. breakfront,
  5. breaking,
  6. breaking ball,
  7. breaking point,
  8. breakneck,
  9. breakoff,
  10. breakout

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

(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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