/ (ˈhaʊsˌbreɪkɪŋ) /
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criminal law the act of entering a building as a trespasser for an unlawful purpose. Assimilated with burglary, 1968
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Derived forms of housebreakinghousebreaker, noun
Words nearby housebreaking
housebound, houseboy, house brand, housebreak, housebreaker, housebreaking, housebroken, house call, housecarl, housecat, house church
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How to use housebreaking in a sentence
At length he deserted from the army, assumed a new name, and prevailed on some of his companions to engage in housebreaking.
After they were secured, their retreat was found to contain all the necessary implements for housebreaking, and abundance of arms.
Housebreaking is a very different business from the forcible entry of country post-offices, and The Hopper was nervous.A Reversible Santa Claus|Meredith Nicholson
I wished that there had been a college course in housebreaking, prowling and second-story operations.
Then it occurred to me that—aside from my one experience in housebreaking—that I'd been playing according to the rules.