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 ?
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.
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 Spain, society was in a state of breakdown as hordes of wanderers and vagrants took to the streets--"students breaking bounds and forsaking their tutors to join the swelling ranks of picardia, adventurers of every hue, beggars and cutpurses," to quote the historian Fernand Braudel.
There are no streetlights in the early 1500s, and no one wants to be abroad at night, except the night watch and cutpurses.
Synopsis: Prostitutes, pimps, cutpurses, murderers, and bawdy houses.
He was lost in his thoughts, avoiding the knots of arguing students, and with a hand automatically on his purse, bypassed the scholars each lecturing at his accustomed pillar and the dips and cutpurses mingling with the crowd, to make his way towards Cheapside, where he expected to meet with Tobias at the Mermaid.
He mentions, too, that at Burntwood on the second day of his dance, authorities questioned him about two cutpurses who had followed him from London.
For as long as shopping has existed, so too has shoplifting, from early incarnations in 17th- and 18th-century England (where cutpurses akin to the fictional Moll Flanders filched brocaded silk from London storefronts) to its modern manifestation as a disease (kleptomania), anti-establishment protest (the 1971 cult manual Steal This Book), and vice of the blase celebrity (Winona Ryder, Lindsay Lohan).
Mesmerized by the ballad singer's song warning of cutpurses and the crowd's rollicking instrumental and choral accompaniment, Cokes sings along while Edgeworth the cutpurse deftly relieves him of his purse full of gold.
To deal with thieves and cutpurses, we could institute a regime of total surveillance, and nullify all individual protections against search and seizure.
Five or six cutpurses, one with a sword, attempt to mug Moll and her companions, Lord Noland, Sir Thomas Long, and Sir Beauteous Ganymede.