(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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How to use Fagin in a sentence
He looks like Fagin from Oliver Twist—wiry, with long, graying hair and a perfectly pointy beard.
It must come some time or another; and why not in the winter time when you dont want to go out a-walking so much; eh, Fagin?
Fagin nodded in the affirmative, and pointing in the direction of Saffron Hill, inquired whether any one was up yonder to-night.
She was in her room, the woman said; so Fagin crept softly up stairs, and entered it without any previous ceremony.
It would easily have made him beautiful if he had been merely squalid; if he had been a Jew of the Fagin type.The Ball and The Cross | G.K. Chesterton
Never told the old parson where they were; never peached upon old Fagin.Oliver Twist, Vol. I (of 3) | Charles Dickens
Cultural definitions for Fagin
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