yegg

yegg

[yeg]
noun Slang.
1.
a safecracker.
2.
an itinerant burglar.
3.
a thug.

Origin:
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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yegg (jɛɡ)
 
n
slang chiefly (US) a burglar or safe-breaker
 
[C20: perhaps from the surname of a burglar]

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