Definition of purse-cutting in US English:

purse-cutting

noun

rare
  • The action of cutting and stealing from purses.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Taylor (1578–1653), poet. From purse + cutting, probably after purse-cutter.

Pronunciation

purse-cutting

/ˈpəːsˌkʌtɪŋ/