One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of ruining a family, home, or relationship; especially the action of breaking up a marriage or similar long-term relationship by having an affair with one of the partners.
Designating a person who or thing which ruins or breaks up a family, home, or relationship; specifically designating a person blamed for the break-up of a marriage because of an affair with one of the partners.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Wonderful London. From home + wrecking<br>late 19th century. From home + wrecking. Compare home-wrecker, home-wrecking.
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