verb (used with object), housebroke, housebroken, housebreaking.
to train (a pet) to excrete outdoors or in a specific place.

1895–1900; house + break Unabridged
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housebreaking (ˈhaʊsˌbreɪkɪŋ)
criminal law the act of entering a building as a trespasser for an unlawful purpose. Assimilated with burglary, 1968

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Word Origin & History

1820, "to break into a house criminally;" sense of "to train a domestic animal to be clean in the house" is from 1900.
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Example sentences for housebreaking
Housebreaking when combined with other crimes is considered acquisitive crime.
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