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[fey-gin] /ˈfeɪ gɪn/
(in Dickens' Oliver Twist) a villainous old man who trains and uses young boys as thieves.
Also, fagin. a person who teaches crime to others. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Well, personally I fail to see why Fagin is any more of a scoundrel than some of these other fellows in gilt epaulets.

    My Lady of Doubt Randall Parrish
  • I might have got clear off if Id split upon her; mighnt I, Fagin?

  • Fagin had been captured too, sentenced to death, and was in prison awaiting the fulfilment of his doom.

    Ten Boys from Dickens Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • And it is a creditable thing to have his acquaintance, ant it, Fagin?

  • Fagin nodded in the affirmative, and pointing in the direction of Saffron Hill, inquired whether any one was up yonder to-night.

  • Dont mind me, my dear, said Fagin, drawing his chair closer.

  • With this, Fagin poked Mr. Claypole in the side, and they joined in a burst of laughter both long and loud.

    Oliver Twist, Illustrated Charles Dickens
  • In that way of business, rejoined Fagin, and so are the people of the house.

  • Probably Fagin did not have a half-dozen fellows in the house.

    My Lady of Doubt Randall Parrish
Fagin in Culture
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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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