peter man

peterman

[pee-ter-muhn]
noun, plural petermen. Slang.
a safecracker.
Also, peteman.


Origin:
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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peterman (ˈpiːtəmən)
 
n , pl -men
slang a burglar skilled in safe-breaking
 
[C19: from peter³]

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