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[purp] /pɜrp/
noun, Police Slang.
the perpetrator of a crime.

perp. Unabridged
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  • Towers were frequently intended to stand without spires in the perp.

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  • Note the font (Norman) with unusual carving on the bowl; perp.

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  • The church, which stands in some fields near the mouth of the gorge, is a perp.

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  • The church has two Dec. windows in the chancel, the rest are perp.

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  • The top storey of the S. turret, marked externally by a perp.

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British Dictionary definitions for perp


(US & Canadian, informal) a person who has committed a crime
Word Origin
C20: from perpetrate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for perp

American English police slang shortening of perpetrator (e.g. perp walk); by 1940s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for perp



A criminal engaged in a specific crime: The perp stood up, stepped back, took out a handgun and fired at least two shots

[shortened form of perpetrator]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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