• WordNet 3.6
    • n housebreaking trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Housebreaking The act of breaking open and entering, with a felonious purpose, the dwelling house of another, whether done by day or night. See Burglary, and To break a house, under Break.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n housebreaking The breaking or opening of a house with the intent to commit a felony or to steal or rob. See burglary.
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In literature:

What the housebreaker saw was a vision of dazzling beauty in a flood of light.
"M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."" by G.J. Whyte-Melville
One of the housebreakers (the rival of the Duke of Bedford), and the coiner, were hanged.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
For highway robbery and housebreaking he had no inclination, but he was by no means above petty larceny.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
When he first began his robberies, he went housebreaking, and actually committed several facts in the city of Oxford itself.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
The scientific tools of housebreakers are known to be made by certain journeymen in the steel toy trade.
"Rides on Railways" by Samuel Sidney
The more she regarded him, the stronger in her mind became the idea of the housebreaker.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
He may become a housebreaker or a murderer.
"The Nest in the Honeysuckles, and other Stories" by Various
He's the most daring and expert housebreaker that ever used a crow-bar.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
He hated professing people, as they are called, and would rather shake hands with a housebreaker than a saint.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843" by Various
All gentlemanly housebreakers did the like, he reflected.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach

In news:

Dog's housebreaking must extend to other homes: Ask Dog Lady.
Cherie and Rick Meade of Barrett street display an empty jewelry box and an empty money pouch – both of which were emptied dur¬ing a housebreak at their apartment last Thursday.
John Cheever's 'Housebreaker,' Welcome as Ever.
Police searching for housebreak suspects near Skinner State Park.
The Basics of Housebreaking .
John Cheever 's 'Housebreaker,' Welcome as Ever.
Is it possible to completely housebreak a mill dog.
The first stage of housebreaking an adult dog is to ensure that he establishes his outside toilet area.
Potty training and housebreaking are the most challenging for any puppy owner.
WEST BOYLSTON — Police are asking for residents to report any suspicious vehicles or people in their neighborhoods after an increase in housebreaks in the region.
Crates are invaluable tools for housebreaking puppies (and even adult dogs that didn't get the memo the first time around).
Young puppies and kittens require time for housebreaking, training and feeding.
Pet expert Marc Morrone shows you how to housebreak your puppy .
Steve Vicente, a housebreak took place on Tremont Street in the West End shortly after noon last Friday.