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safecracker

[seyf-krak-er]
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noun
  1. a person who breaks open safes to rob them.
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Origin of safecracker

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; safe + cracker
Related formssafe·crack·ing, noun
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Related Words for safecracker

raider, burglar, looter, pickpocket, thief, bandit, crook, swindler, thug, marauder, pirate, mugger, shoplifter, rustler, robber, fence, cheat, hijacker, plunderer, corsair

Word Origin and History for safecracker

n.

also safe-cracker, 1897, from safe (n.) + agent noun from crack (v.). Originally in reference to thieves who used dynamite.

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