safecracker

[ seyf-krak-er ]
/ ˈseɪfˌkræk ər /

noun

a person who breaks open safes to rob them.

Origin of safecracker

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

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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