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perp

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noun Police Slang.
  1. the perpetrator of a crime.
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Historical Examples

  • Towers were frequently intended to stand without spires in the Perp.

    Architecture

    Thomas Roger Smith

  • The church, which stands in some fields near the mouth of the gorge, is a Perp.

    Somerset

    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

  • The church has been rebuilt, but contains a Jacobean pulpit and a Perp.

    Somerset

    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

  • The church has two Dec. windows in the chancel, the rest are Perp.

    Somerset

    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

  • The top storey of the S. turret, marked externally by a Perp.

    Somerset

    G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade


British Dictionary definitions for perp

perp

noun
  1. US and Canadian informal a person who has committed a crime
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Word Origin

C20: from perpetrate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for perp

n.

American English police slang shortening of perpetrator (e.g. perp walk); by 1940s.

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