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[seyf-krak-er] /ˈseɪfˌkræk ər/
a person who breaks open safes to rob them.
Origin of safecracker
1930-35, Americanism; safe + cracker
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safecracking, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In theory, the cloak would slow down light coming into the robbery scene while the safecracker is at work.
  • Mercenary nerd, serving as a combination hacker-safecracker.
  • Then he sent out a call for anyone among the troops or crew, who might be a safecracker, to help.
Word Origin and History for safecracker

also safe-cracker, 1897, from safe (n.) + agent noun from crack (v.). Originally in reference to thieves who used dynamite.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for safecracker



A person who blows or breaks open safes; box man, pete-man (1930s+)

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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