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yegg

[yeg] /yɛg/
noun, Slang.
1.
a safecracker.
2.
an itinerant burglar.
3.
a thug.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; of obscure origin; the proposals that the word is < German Jäger “hunter” or that it is the surname of a well-known safecracker are both very dubious
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British Dictionary definitions for yegg

yegg

/jɛɡ/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly US) a burglar or safe-breaker
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from the surname of a burglar
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Word Origin and History for yegg
n.

"thief, burglar," especially "safecracker," 1903, underworld slang, of unknown origin, said to be from John Yegg, a Swedish tramp, or from German Jäger "huntsman."

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Slang definitions & phrases for yegg

yegg

noun

A thief or burglar, esp an itinerant thief or safecracker

[1903+ Underworld; origin unknown; said to be fr the name of John Yegg, a Swedish tramp and safebreaker; perhaps fr German Jager, ''huntsman,'' applied to a safecracker's advance scouts, but originally yeggman]


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