cutpurse


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cut·purse

 (kŭt′pûrs′)
n.
A pickpocket.

cutpurse

(ˈkʌtˌpɜːs)
n
(Historical Terms) an archaic word for pickpocket

cut•purse

(ˈkʌtˌpɜrs)

n.
Archaic. a pickpocket.
[1325–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cutpurse - a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public placescutpurse - a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
References in classic literature ?
But she conquered all my modesty, and all my fears; and in a little time, by the help of this confederate, I grew as impudent a thief, and as dexterous as ever Moll Cutpurse was, though, if fame does not belie her, not half so handsome.
In the meantime, all the beggars, all the lackeys, all the cutpurses, joined with the scholars, had gone in procession to seek, in the cupboard of the law clerks' company, the cardboard tiara, and the derisive robe of the Pope of the Fools.
Yes, he said; at any rate those of them who are able to be perfectly unjust, and who have the power of subduing states and nations; but perhaps you imagine me to be talking of cutpurses.
At the Rascals & Rogues - London's Highway Robbers show, which runs from May 15-31, the notorious Moll Cutpurse and Claude Duvall will be showing visitors their "stand and deliver" techniques for relieving 17th Century travellers of their assets.
Pistol survives only to resort to a life of bawd and cutpurse in London (5.
Lisa Dillon cuts a cool figure as cross-dressing feminist icon Moll Cutpurse, based on real-life "roaring girl" Mary Frith.
Lisa Dillon is exceptional as the provocative cross-dressing Moll Cutpurse, an underworld figure who refuses to bow to female conventions and instead lives her life boozing, engaging in petty crime and brawling with men.
Autolycus holds apparently contradictory roles: socially threatening cutpurse and socially assimilated figure whose machinations unite the play's antagonistic factions, maneuverings that ultimately help provide the atonement that carries the conclusion.
Although the play presents the citizen wives as more respectable than Moll Cutpurse, DiGangi argues, they are no less vulnerable than Moll to sexual shaming.
At that point we turn left down the sloping roadway before taking a right turn into Conan Drive and continue around a gentle curve that takes us into Cutpurse Lane, with high walls lining the roadside.
Cutpurse Wallop is a wanted man, but his fate will be nothing to that of the deacon, if he tells the authorities what he has overheard.
A cutpurse, aptly named Lifter, and the plaintiff, Smart, are presented before Justice Suresby.