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nounplural noun petermenarchaic
A thief or safe-breaker.
- ‘It takes as long to train a bank robber as a doctor, going through the grades of look-out, getaway driver, peterman (safeblower) and, most highly skilled, the man who knows how to launder large quantities of notes.’
Early 19th century (denoting a thief who steals baggage from vehicles): from slang peter ‘a trunk or safe’ + man.
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