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Fagin

[ fey-gin ]
/ ˈfeɪ gɪn /
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noun

(in Dickens' Oliver Twist) a villainous old man who trains and uses young boys as thieves.
Also fagin. a person who teaches crime to others.

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Fagin
[ (fay-gin) ]

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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