[pee-ter-muh n]

noun, plural pe·ter·men. Slang.

a safecracker.

Also peteman.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -men

slang a burglar skilled in safe-breaking

Word Origin for peterman

C19: from peter ³
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