One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who picks locks.
housebreaker, robber, cat burglar, raider, looter, pilferer, thief, sneak thief, safe-breaker, safe-blower, safe-crackerView synonyms
- ‘He was a picklock in the widest sense. Keeping him out of a place he wanted to get into or look into was a remarkably difficult thing to do.’
- ‘He was the best picklock in the gang, able to unlock doors and safes in a matter of seconds; and being one of the older members earned him skill in what he did.’
- 1.1 An instrument for picking locks.
- ‘The lock of the chain cannot be opened using a picklock.’
- ‘One doesn't want to be seen using a picklock. Now, can you show us the way?’
- ‘A picklock lay on the floor, which told me how she had gained entrance in the night.’
- ‘This has been described by one commentator as a ‘picklock that opens all doors.’’
- ‘In fact, Houdini relied on great skill, low cunning, and keeping tiny metal picklocks concealed about his person.’
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