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breaking and entering Line breaks: break|ing and en¦ter|ing

Definition of breaking and entering in English:


[mass noun]
(In North American, and formerly also British, legal use) the crime of entering a building by force so as to commit burglary: he was arrested for breaking and entering
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  • He was arrested for trespass, breaking and entering, and possession of burglary tools (the keys he'd been given to get into the building).
  • Property crime included theft, burglary, breaking and entering, vandalism, fire setting, and related offences.
  • The juveniles - one with a long police record - were arrested and convicted of breaking and entering and destruction of personal property.

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