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peterman

[pee-ter-muh n] /ˈpi tər mən/
noun, plural petermen. Slang.
1.
a safecracker.
Also, peteman.
Origin
1805-1815
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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British Dictionary definitions for peterman

peterman

/ˈpiːtəmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(slang) a burglar skilled in safe-breaking
Word Origin
C19: from peter³
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peterman

noun

A safecracker; pete-man: the petermen of half a century ago (1900+ Underworld)


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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