Origin of cutpurse
Examples from the Web for cutpurse
I feel as if only to think of it were lowering myself to the level of some cutpurse.The King's Esquires|George Manville Fenn
Januka, my fingers are itching (indicating the fisherman) to kill this cutpurse.
He excludes "the insolence of office," and "the cutpurse of the empire and the rule."
Some apprentices had caught a cutpurse in the crowd, and were beating him unmercifully.Master Skylark|John Bennett
A Cutpurse is of the surest trade; for his work is no sooner done, but he hath his money in his hand.The Works of John Marston|John Marston
"one who steals by the method of cutting purses, a common practice when men wore their purses at their girdles" [Johnson], mid-14c., from cut (v.) + purse (n.). The word continued after the method switched to picking pockets.