desperate criminal

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Noun1.desperate criminal - a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier)desperate criminal - a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier)
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
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Gross scenes followed in the hall; the ladies were now upon the stage, and at sight of the desperate criminal they screamed with one accord.
This is a loaded revolver, and if you force me I shall use it on you as I would on any other desperate criminal.
It is he who has connected the society with a system of corrupt police or desperate criminals in every great city.
The desperate criminal also tried to gouge the son's eye as he struggled to escape.
Border guards and other law enforcement officers are also at risk if they happen upon an illegal wildlife shipment and a violent or desperate criminal.
Mr Clague bravely tackled the serial thief, 38, who had only just been released from prison, but the desperate criminal plunged a 10-inch kitchen knife into his leg as they struggled.
A desperate criminal, he is involved in several extortion and attempt to murder cases in Delhi and Haryana.
Their relationship is changed and tested when desperate criminal Frank (the excellent Brolin) takes them hostage.
These attempts to undermine the security and stability of the member countries are desperate criminal and terrorist moves that reveal animistic intentions by the parties sponsoring them," Abdul Lateef Al Zayani said, hours after Saudi Arabia announced it had busted a spy ring.
A desperate criminal, his eyes empty of emotion, burgling or mugging his way towards paying for the next fix.