Swell mob

well dressed thieves and swindlers, regarded collectively.
- Dickens.
See under Mob.

See also: Mob, Swell

References in classic literature ?
At last, after a careful examination of the contents of the windows, made for the purpose of impressing the bystanders with the notion that he is going in to purchase a diamond bracelet or some such trifle, he enters, trying to do so with a careless swagger, and giving himself really the air of a member of the swell mob.
A general recollection that this was the kind of thing the Police said to the swell mob, caused Mr.
The most admired of these boy-men, pickpocket-burglars were described as being members of the Swell mob, a loose, and probably semi-mythological, group of prosperous thieves who dressed stylishly, lived in the best parts of town and cruised the streets of London with their girls on their arms, flaunting their success in the hierarchies of the criminal underworld.
the officers at Marlborough street say that he makes more than any other of the swell mob.