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Trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent.  Synonyms: break-in, breaking and entering.

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"Housebreaking" Quotes from Famous Books

... thou in the day," and so forth. They told him that he was a fellow who had read his Chauriya Vidya to more purpose then his ritual.[FN132] And they drove him from the door as he in his shamelessness began to quote texts about the four approved ways of housebreaking, namely, picking out burnt bricks, cutting through unbaked bricks, throwing water on a mud wall, and boring one of wood with ...
— Vikram and the Vampire • Sir Richard F. Burton

... a thousand times worse. He's a robber of widows and orphans. He isn't man enough to take a chance at housebreaking." ...
— Tutt and Mr. Tutt • Arthur Train

... which did duty as a temporary jail, the principal prison of Caracas having been destroyed by the earthquake and left as it fell. Nevertheless, the room to which I was taken seemed quite strong enough to hold anybody unsupplied with housebreaking implements or less ingenious than Jack Sheppard. The door was thick and well bolted, the window or grating (for it was, of course, destitute of glass) high and heavily barred, yet not too high to be reached with a little contrivance. Mounting the single chair (beside a hammock the only furniture ...
— Mr. Fortescue • William Westall

... and the short of it is, Master Sam will turn to housebreaking, if somebody doesn't get hold ...
— The Vicar of Bullhampton • Anthony Trollope

Words linked to "Housebreaking" :   burglary, home invasion, breaking and entering, break-in

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