housebreaker

[hous-brey-ker]
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noun
  1. a person who breaks into and enters a house with a felonious intent.
  2. British.
    1. a worker or wrecking company that demolishes houses and buildings, as to make room for new construction.
    2. 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.

Origin of housebreaker

1275–1325; Middle English. See house, breaker1
Related formshouse·break·ing, noun
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