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.
If people don't use wallets, the cutpurse will be jobless.
Simone Chess's Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature revisits a topic that had its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s when the cross-pollination of feminism and new historicism produced a wealth of critical interest in Shakespeare's disguised heroines, real-life transvestites like Moll Cutpurse of The Roaring Girl, and antitheatrical diatribes about the erotic dangers of cross-dressed actors.
This is crystallized in The Winter's Tale, where we see the cutpurse, rogue and ballad-seller Autolycus's strategies of deceit, telling customers that his ballads are "very pitiful, and as true" (4.
Lee elicits empathy, but never pity, from the reader, and although the emotional and moral complexities of his life as a cutpurse and street fighter are never fully filled in, his story is sure to find a receptive audience among sympathetic American readers.
At about the same time, there was Mary Frith, AKA pickpocket Moll Cutpurse, and a giant known only as Daniel, who towered 7ft 6in, had been a porter to Oliver Cromwell and was a clairvoyant who predicted the Great Fire of London and the Great Plague.
Cortadillo contends to Monipodio that no self-respecting cutpurse would confess under torture, " como si tuviese mas letras un no que un si
He finds in the colourful fictional representations of, and historical documents referring to, Moll Cutpurse an intriguing connection.
Pistol survives only to resort to a life of bawd and cutpurse in London (5.
People ate where the birds could share their food and gambled where cutpurse could steal their winnings, they kissed in full view of strangers and even fucked in the shadows if they wanted to.