- (in Dickens' Oliver Twist) a villainous old man who trains and uses young boys as thieves.
- Also fa·gin. a person who teaches crime to others.
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Examples from the Web for fagin
He looks like Fagin from Oliver Twist—wiry, with long, graying hair and a perfectly pointy beard.Lily Allen As You've Never Seen Her
September 10, 2009
I took Fagin and Shylock as fair specimens of the whole race.In League with Israel
Annie F. Johnston
No more of it for me, thankee, Fagin, replied Mr. Chitling; Ive had enough.
I might have got clear off if Id split upon her; mighnt I, Fagin?
Wholl say as much as that, I should like to know; eh, Fagin?
After a short pause, the Dodger reappeared, and whispered Fagin mysteriously.
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