(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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A villain in the novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. The unscrupulous, miserly Fagin teaches Oliver Twist and other orphaned boys to pick pockets and steal for him.

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