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But I'm not taking any stock in that burglar story—not a little bit!

John clasped it, and bolted out of the bank as a burglar might have done.

“Just do the opposite from what it says to do to catch a burglar,” said Billy Getz.

The dog is, of course, one of the conditions to be provided for in the burglar's plan.

"Some day the police'll take you for a burglar," said Lydia encouragingly.

Then the burglar whipped a revolver from his pocket and presented it.

Is it the young lady—who helped catch Ted—I mean the burglar, my lady?

This was clearly what the burglar had done, so I went round and opened the door.

"I thought perhaps you were a burglar," she confessed at once.

As well fling the revolver out of window when the burglar is in the house.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, shortened from Anglo-Latin burglator (late 13c.), earlier burgator, from Medieval Latin burgator "burglar," from burgare "to break open, commit burglary," from Latin burgus "fortress, castle," a Germanic loan-word akin to borough. The intrusive -l- is perhaps from influence of Latin latro "thief" (see larceny). The native word, Old English burgh-breche, might have influenced the word.

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nounperson who trespasses
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