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Fagin

[fey-gin]
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  1. (in Dickens' Oliver Twist) a villainous old man who trains and uses young boys as thieves.
  2. Also fa·gin. a person who teaches crime to others.
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Fagin

[(fay-gin)]

A villain in the novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. The unscrupulous, miserly Fagin teaches Oliver Twist and other orphaned boys to pick pockets and steal for him.

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