1. A person who picks locks, especially a thief.
2. An instrument for picking a lock.
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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
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1. a person who picks locks, esp. a burglar.
2. an instrument for picking locks.
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[ˈpɪklɒk] Nganzúa f
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References in classic literature ?
"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." And he advanced to the window.
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.
To fie this all together, his general theory of fixed assets becomes the analytical picklock to open the coffer of Pantaleoni's 'impure" theory.
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.
Indeed, Lavengro describes Romani as "a kind of picklock, an open sesame" to all other languages (191); he finds that "this strange broken tongue, spoken by people who dwelt among thickets and furze bushes, in tents as tawny as their faces, and whom the generality of mankind designated, and with much semblance of justice, as thieves and vagabonds" provides the answers to many of the puzzles of vocabulary he has encountered in classical languages (111).
Less than an hour after Sir Alexander Chalmers had left the room, John Mutch had opened the chest with his picklock. He looked out the window and saw his partner Fred Tomkinson waiting behind a hedge below.
The awareness Melville acquired from Houdini concerning picklock techniques proved to be the foundation on which he built his own intimate knowledge of every major lock and locking system in use at the time.
More broadly, however, the author uses Trent as what he calls a "precious picklock" (grimaldello prezioso, 76) to examine larger constitutional, institutional, social, political, and military issues pertaining both to the local region and to the empire as a whole.
My favorite insight in this collection is Holloway's quotation of the view of the self-taught Assyriologist George Smith (1840-1876) as an "intellectual picklock" (p.
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.