1. A person who picks locks, especially a thief.
2. An instrument for picking a lock.


1. (Law) a person who picks locks, esp one who gains unlawful access to premises by this means
2. (Tools) an instrument for picking locks



1. a person who picks locks, esp. a burglar.
2. an instrument for picking locks.


[ˈpɪklɒk] Nganzúa f
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Try again," whispered the count, who depended on the secret spring, which was unknown to the picklock, clever as he might be -- "try again, you have a few minutes' work there.
He said 100 gr of heroin, 81 gr of heroin, 4 knives, 4 sharp instruments, 5 picklock keys, 37 mobile phones, 14 battery chargers, 180 som, $1,2000 were found during the search.
Likewise, happy and deliberate ignorance of the mysteries of the unconscious allows Brancati to concoct an Italian story in which the picklock of lust accesses truth more profoundly than a morally listless and familist society.
agreed, by the foresaid hearers and spectators, that they neither in themselves conceal, nor suffer by them to be concealed any state-decipherer, or politic picklock of the scene, so solemnly ridiculous as to search out who was meant by the gingerbread-woman, who by the hobby-horse man, who by the costermonger, nay, who by their wares; or that will pretend to affirm (on his own inspired ignorance) what Mirror of Magistrates is meant by the Justice, what great lady by the pig-woman, what concealed statesman by the seller of mousetraps, and so of the rest.
Less than an hour after Sir Alexander Chalmers had left the room, John Mutch had opened the chest with his picklock.
The force added 70 officers to the squad in view of the rise in crimes such as picklock thefts and armed robberies.
200 YEARS AGO: Whereas on Sunday night, the Malthouse of Darlaston, in the county of Stafford, was entered by means of picklock keys and other instruments, and three bushels of mixed corn, three bushels of Barley and four bushels of oats where taken from thence.
That which is material (body), that which is spiritual (culture), and that which combines the two to document or construct "truth" (the text) are all subject to the complications of racial experience, expectation, and the transcendence of these: "The Reverend's prophecy that I would grow up to be a picklock was wiser than he knew, for was I not, as a Negro in the New World, born to be a thief?
This extreme sensitivity to the "interior space," to the interiority of literature, will act upon the analyst of forms as an indispensable warning to avoid certain temptations: exteriority, the reduction of forms to techniques, the stylistic inventory, the anonymous list, the picklock taken for a key; nothing ought to interest us that is not connected to creative subjectivity.
200 YEARS AGO: Whereas on Friday night or early on Saturday morning the workshop belonging to John Baddeley, shoe-maker of West Bromwich, was opened by means of picklock and a quantity of red and black Morocco leather, finished and unfinished shoes and boots and old shoes were stolen thereout.
Furthermore, like Seth, Horus's worldly alter-ego, Rutherford was Jackson's "shadow-self, the social parasite, the black picklock and worldling" (113).