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Difference between Be housebroken and Break into a house

be housebroken —(of pet animals) be clean in the house (going outside to relieve themselves):

  • This Doberman is housebroken, good on a leash and very intelligent.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase be from a broken home—(of a child) come from a family in which the parents have separated or divorced:

  • Hailey is from a broken home, and her longing for her father is palpable when she holds up a framed photo of her family.

break into a houseforce an entrance into a house with criminal intent:

  • Police are still searching for two men who broke into a house on Parvins Mill Road.