- a safecracker.
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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Examples from the Web for peterman
“We truly are interactive and open to everyone,” Peterman told me.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
"Why, that is a good many courses for one day," said Mr. Peterman.
Now this Mr. Peterman was a great joker and was only teasing Knut.
Peterman designed it, and put it through for all he was worth.
And we know Peterman an' his gang well enough to know what that means.
As Peterman had put it, it had almost seemed a legitimate thing to do.
- slang a burglar skilled in safe-breaking
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