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peterman

[ pee-ter-muhn ]
/ ˈpi tər mən /
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noun, plural pe·ter·men.Slang.
a safecracker.
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Origin of peterman

1805–15; peter a safe or cash box, originally a portmanteau or trunk, as an object to be stolen or rifled (of obscure origin) + -man
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British Dictionary definitions for peterman

peterman
/ (ˈpiːtəmən) /

noun plural -men
slang a burglar skilled in safe-breaking

Word Origin for peterman

C19: from peter ³
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