- 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.
Examples from the Web for housebreaker
I run up to the window, I see the Rebbe is really in the room, he is walking up and down, I am about to enter like a housebreaker.Stories and Pictures|Isaac Loeb Peretz
In a large number of cases the servants are only the unconscious instrument in the hands of the housebreaker.Curiosities of Civilization|Andrew Wynter
What the housebreaker saw was a vision of dazzling beauty in a flood of light.M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."|G.J. Whyte-Melville
The following life of a thief and housebreaker, written by himself, is curious and sad.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events|S. Baring-Gould
Easy, then—the window being left open—for some midnight housebreaker from the street to have come in and attacked him.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles|Mrs. Henry Wood