cutpurse

[ kuht-purs ]
/ ˈkʌtˌpɜrs /

noun

Older Use. a pickpocket.
(formerly) a person who steals by cutting purses from the belt.

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Origin of cutpurse

First recorded in 1325–75, cutpurse is from the Middle English word cutte-purs. See cut, purse
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cutpurse

/ (ˈkʌtˌpɜːs) /

noun

an archaic word for pickpocket

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