Definition of cracksman in US English:



dated, informal
  • A burglar, especially a safecracker.

    • ‘Cracksmen are on the prowl.’
    • ‘Channels were changed by turning a dial with all the care of a master cracksman opening the safe of the Bank of England.’
    • ‘Two reformed cracksmen are unjustly accused of the theft and are severely put to it to prove their innocence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Raffles and his helper were criminals - specifically amateur cracksmen.’
    • ‘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.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
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