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housebreak

[hous-breyk]
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verb (used with object), house·broke, house·bro·ken, house·break·ing.
  1. to train (a pet) to excrete outdoors or in a specific place.
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Origin of housebreak

First recorded in 1895–1900; house + break
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Related Words for housebreak

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Word Origin and History for housebreak

v.

1820, "to break into a house criminally;" see house (n.) + break (v.). Perhaps a back-formation from housebreaker, attested from mid-14c. Sense of "to train a domestic animal to be clean in the house" is from 1881. Related: Housebreaking; housebroken.

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