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housebroken

[hous-broh-kuh n] /ˈhaʊsˌbroʊ kən/
adjective
1.
(of a pet) trained to avoid excreting inside the house or in improper places.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; house + broken

housebreak

[hous-breyk] /ˈhaʊsˌbreɪk/
verb (used with object), housebroke, housebroken, housebreaking.
1.
to train (a pet) to excrete outdoors or in a specific place.
Origin
1895-1900; house + break
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Word Origin and History for house broken

housebreak

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for house broken

housebroken

adjective

To be generally observant of the amenities; tame

[1932+; fr the condition of a pet who will soil the house with excreta]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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