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house·break·ing / ˈhousˌbrāking/ • n. the action of breaking into a building, esp. in daytime, to commit a crime. DERIVATIVES: house·break·er / -ˌbrākər/ n.

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The act of using physical force to gain access to, and entering, a house with an intent to commit a felony inside.

In most states, housebreaking that occurs at night constitutes the crime of burglary. Some statutes expand the definition of housebreaking to include breaking out of a house after entry has been achieved without the use of physical force, such as when access was gained under false pretenses.

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