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- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)ɡəl
- (chiefly UK, New Zealand) to commit burglary.
1892, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Beryl Coronet”, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2011:
- Well, I hope to goodness the house won’t be burgled during the night.
- (UK, sports) To take the ball legally from an opposing player.
2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, BBC Sport:
- And when scrum-half Ben Youngs, who had a poor game, was burgled by opposite number Irakli Abuseridze and the ball shipped down the line to Irakli Machkhaneli, it looked like Georgia had scored a try of their own, but the winger's foot was in touch.
- (chiefly North America): burglarize
to commit burglary