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cracksman

[kraks-muh n]
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noun, plural cracks·men. Slang.
  1. burglar; housebreaker.

Origin of cracksman

First recorded in 1805–15; crack + -s3 + man1
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Examples from the Web for cracksman

Historical Examples

  • And a cracksman of high repute lodged already on the ground-floor.

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • It's the 'Cracksman,' the 'Cracksman' who went over to the police.

  • The skill and daring of the cracksman makes him a marked man.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

  • A cracksman by the name of Travers was convicted of the crime.

  • "To-night—in half an hour—and with all the tools," returned the Cracksman.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4

    George W. M. Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for cracksman

cracksman

noun plural -men
  1. slang a burglar, esp a safe-breaker
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