safe·​crack·​er | \ ˈsāf-ˌkra-kər How to pronounce safecracker (audio) \

Definition of safecracker

: one that breaks open safes to steal

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safecracking \ ˈsāf-​ˌkra-​kiŋ How to pronounce safecracker (audio) \ noun

Examples of safecracker in a Sentence

The bank was robbed by a professional safecracker.
Recent Examples on the Web After being released from prison, a safecracker tries to protect his family from a psychopathic contract killer who’s seeking revenge. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 James Caan is fantastic as a safecracker who is trying to leave his life behind. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on HBO Max," 1 Feb. 2021 The safecracker can sort through that accidental information to learn the combination. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Hacker Lexicon: What Is a Side Channel Attack?," 21 June 2020 Could the same notorious safecracker be active again? Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "The Rise and Fall of an All-Star Crew of Jewel Thieves," 17 Dec. 2019 In 1983, Barrett, a bar owner and safecracker who was suspected of a Medford bank burglary, was lured to the South Boston home, chained to a chair, and interrogated for hours by Bulger., "The home that James “Whitey” Bulger called “The Haunty” may get torn down.," 3 Dec. 2019 In the new action-thriller Lucky Day, safecracker Red (Luke Bracey, of 2015’s Point Break) finally gets out of jail and rejoins his wife, Chloe (Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev), and daughter, vowing to go straight. Clark Collis,, "Nina Dobrev has a hitman problem in trailer for action-thriller Lucky Day," 29 Aug. 2019 Jude Law is a scream as the title character, a boozy safecracker just out of prison who teams with an old pal, played by Richard E. Grant. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Before watching Demián Bichir's new show 'Grand Hotel,' make sure you see these 5 films," 11 June 2019 The protagonist of Fuller’s bleak world is not an F.B.I. man but a rogue safecracker, Tolly Devlin (Cliff Robertson), who is motivated by vengeance to bring down the criminals who killed his father. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "Sam Fuller and Fritz Lang: Audacious Auteurs of Noir," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of safecracker

1873, in the meaning defined above

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31 Mar 2021

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“Safecracker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of safecracker

chiefly US : a person who steals things by opening safes

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