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perp

[purp] /pɜrp/
noun, Police Slang.
1.
the perpetrator of a crime.
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British Dictionary definitions for perps

perp

/pɜːp/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian, informal) a person who has committed a crime
Word Origin
C20: from perpetrate
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Word Origin and History for perps

perp

n.

American English police slang shortening of perpetrator (e.g. perp walk); by 1940s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for perps

perp

noun

A criminal engaged in a specific crime: The perp stood up, stepped back, took out a handgun and fired at least two shots

[shortened form of perpetrator]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for perps

perp

perpetrator
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