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Fagin

[fey-gin] /ˈfeɪ gɪn/
noun
1.
(in Dickens' Oliver Twist) a villainous old man who trains and uses young boys as thieves.
2.
Also, fagin. a person who teaches crime to others.
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Fagin [(fay-gin)]

A villain in the novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. The unscrupulous, miserly Fagin teaches Oliver Twist and other orphaned boys to pick pockets and steal for him.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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