peter men


noun, plural petermen. Slang.
a safecracker.
Also, peteman.

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

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