burgle

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(1872) back-formation from burglar.

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burgle (third-person singular simple present burgles, present participle burgling, simple past and past participle burgled)

  1. (chiefly UK, New Zealand) to commit burglary.
    • 1892, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Beryl Coronet”, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[1], edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2011:
      Well, I hope to goodness the house won’t be burgled during the night.
  2. (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.

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