Mandelbaum began her climb to the top of the crime world as a peddler on the rough-and-tumble, bustling streets of New York City.
According to tradition, the typical Yankee peddler was thought to be so shrewd that he could carve and sell counterfeit nutmegs.
John Ball laid hand on the peddler's shoulder and turned him about to face the folk.
"Fifteen cents, lady," said the peddler, smirking as he raised his price.
peddler can go to the Fair, said Nicholas; he 's no outlawed man.
And these were all (except a peddler who had lost his way) that Hansei had ever seen go by.
Noel looked up quickly as she spoke, and saw the peddler standing in the doorway of the kitchen.
It was a new kind of arithmetic, his friend Rugg, the peddler, told him.
The peddler took the hint, and closed the door immediately, using the precaution suggested by the dragoon.
Pe ye a Yankee peddler, mit chewelry in your pack, to sheat the gals?
late 14c. (c.1300 as a surname, Will. Le Pedelare), from peoddere, peddere (c.1200, mid-12c. as a surname), of unknown origin. It has the appearance of an agent noun, but no corresponding verb is attested in Middle English. Perhaps a diminutive of ped "panier, basket," also of unknown origin, but this is attested only from late 14c. Pedlar, preferred spelling in U.K., is attested from late 14c.