cutpurse

noun
cut·​purse | \ ˈkət-ˌpərs How to pronounce cutpurse (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web She was born in the Barbican, in about 1584, and died in Fleet Street in 1659, becoming a thief, cutpurse and fence along the way. Longreads, "The Roaring Girls of Queer London," 8 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Cutpurse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cutpurse. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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