A criminal who breaks into and enters anothers house or premises with the intent of committing a crime.

[H]e is dressed in such a rapscallion manner that the people would think you were talking to a house-breaker.

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  • Housebreaker — House break er, n. One who is guilty of the crime of housebreaking. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • housebreaker — index burglar Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • housebreaker — UK [ˈhaʊsˌbreɪkə(r)] / US [ˈhaʊsˌbreɪkər] noun [countable] Word forms housebreaker : singular housebreaker plural housebreakers a thief who gets into people s houses by breaking windows, door locks etc …   English dictionary

  • housebreaker — [[t]ha͟ʊsbreɪkə(r)[/t]] housebreakers N COUNT A housebreaker is someone who enters another person s house by force, for example by breaking the locks or windows, in order to steal their possessions. Syn: burglar …   English dictionary

  • housebreaker — housebreaking ► NOUN ▪ the action of breaking into a building, especially in daytime, to commit a crime. DERIVATIVES housebreaker noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Housebreaker (business) — A housebreaker is an organisation which specialises in the disposition of large, old residential buildings. From the late 19th century and peaking in the mid 20th, many large country houses, manors, stately homes and castles in the United Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • housebreaker — noun see housebreaking …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • housebreaker — housebreaking, n. /hows bray keuhr/, n. 1. a person who breaks into and enters a house with a felonious intent. 2. Brit. a. a worker or wrecking company that demolishes houses and buildings, as to make room for new construction. b. a person who… …   Universalium

  • housebreaker — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. burgler (see stealing). II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. thief, lock picker, burglar; see criminal , robber . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A person who steals: bandit, burglar, highwayman, larcener,… …   English dictionary for students

  • housebreaker — house|break|er [ˈhausˌbreıkə US ər] n a thief who enters someone else s house by breaking locks, windows etc = ↑burglar >housebreaking n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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