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second-story man

a burglar who enters through an upstairs window.
Origin of second-story man
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yes, but this business doesn't make me feel like a pirate—more like a second-story man!

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley
  • Sam was no second-story man; he worked on the ground floor in broad daylight.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
Slang definitions & phrases for second-story man

second-story man

noun phrase

A cat burglar (1886+)

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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