Definition of Breaking and entering

1. Noun. Trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent.

Exact synonyms: Break-in, Housebreaking
Generic synonyms: Burglary
Specialized synonyms: Home Invasion
Derivative terms: Break In

Definition of Breaking and entering

1. Noun. (idiomatic legal) The crime of gaining unauthorized entry into another's property by force. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Breaking And Entering

breakfast time
breakfasts in bed
breaking and entering (current term)
breaking away
breaking bad
breaking ball
breaking change
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breaking down
breaking even
breaking in
breaking into
breaking loose
breaking news
breaking off
breaking out

Literary usage of Breaking and entering

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Precedents of Indictments and Pleas: Adapted to the Use Both of the Courts by Francis Wharton (1871)
"breaking and entering a store and stealing goods, under Ohio statute. ... breaking and entering a meeting-house, and stealing a communion cup and chalice, ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"The plaintiff declares in his first count for one breaking and entering of his close ... The defendants justify that breaking and entering under a judgment ..."

3. Commentaries on the Criminal Law by Joel Prentiss Bishop (1877)
"Burglary is the breaking and entering, in the night, of another's dwelling-house, ... We shall consider, I. The Breaking and Entering; II. The Time; III. ..."

4. Chitty's Treatise on Pleading and Parties to Actions: With Second and Third by Joseph Chitty, Henry Greening (1844)
"3 note (x). entering plaintiff's house and taking his goods, plea as to the breaking and entering, that the goods had been fraudulently removed there by a ..."

5. A Treatise on Crimes and Misdemeanors by William Oldnall Russell, Charles Sprengel Greaves (1877)
"case, therefore, evidence of the breaking and entering with intent to steal, was rightly held not to be sufficient to support the indictment charging the ..."

6. A Complete Practical Treatise on Criminal Procedure, Pleading, and Evidence by John Frederick Archbold, John Jervis, William Newland Welsby, Thomas Whitney Waterman (1853)
"And it is observable that it is elsewhere given as a reason why tho breaking and entering, if both in the night, need not be both in the same night, ..."

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