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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 housebreaking
  • housebreaking when combined with other crimes is considered acquisitive crime.
British Dictionary definitions for housebreaking

housebreaking

/ˈhaʊsˌbreɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
(criminal law) the act of entering a building as a trespasser for an unlawful purpose. Assimilated with burglary, 1968
Derived Forms
housebreaker, noun
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Word Origin and History for housebreaking

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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