Definition of cracksman in English:



dated, informal
  • A burglar, especially a safe-breaker.

    • ‘There were however two much earlier cracksmen of whom it is unlikely anyone has ever heard.’
    • ‘The cracksman didn't even require any nitro-glycerine to open the safe.’
    • ‘For a time, he worked as an assistant for other, better trained cracksmen.’
    • ‘It would prove an insurmountable or even lethal obstacle to most cracksmen.’
    • ‘Cracksmen are on the prowl.’
    • ‘It is rather premature to say as yet who the cracksmen are.’
    • ‘The cracksmen secured a crowbar and other tools from the railway shops, and also piled a quantity of baled hay about the building.’
    • ‘Channels were changed by turning a dial with all the care of a master cracksman opening the safe of the Bank of England.’
    • ‘Raffles and his helper were criminals - specifically amateur cracksmen.’
    • ‘Two reformed cracksmen are unjustly accused of the theft and are severely put to it to prove their innocence.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
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