verb (used with object), house·broke, house·bro·ken, house·break·ing.
Origin of housebreak
Examples from the Web for housebreaking
Was “Margaret” here, or had the police come to arrest Mary Louise for housebreaking?The Mystery of the Secret Band|Edith Lavell
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
It was probably overtime at housebreaking that had told on him.Dwellers in Arcady|Albert Bigelow Paine
This is not the case in Hamilton and Toronto, where daring acts of housebreaking are of frequent occurrence.Life in the Clearings versus the Bush|Susanna Moodie
There was no more mysterious prowling, waylaying and housebreaking; the mail only was used.Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent|John T. McIntyre
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.