housebreaker

[hous-brey-ker]
noun
1.
a person who breaks into and enters a house with a felonious intent.
2.
British.
a.
a worker or wrecking company that demolishes houses and buildings, as to make room for new construction.
b.
a person who buys doors, paneled walls, etc., from standing houses, to sell as antiques; a person who dismantles a house of its valuable parts before it is torn down.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English. See house, breaker1

housebreaking, noun
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housebreaking (ˈhaʊsˌbreɪkɪŋ)
 
n
criminal law the act of entering a building as a trespasser for an unlawful purpose. Assimilated with burglary, 1968
 
'housebreaker
 
n

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The latter is an expert housebreaker, and his father is quite wealthy.
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