One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural cracksmendated, informal
A burglar, especially a safecracker.
criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinnerView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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