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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
1895-1900; house + break
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Examples for housebreak
  • Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter.
  • Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter.
Word Origin and History for 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.

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