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  • My father, as well as an ogre, was a California horse-thief.


  • The head stableman was a notorious horse-thief, known far and wide as a great rogue, who, for his many misdeeds, was finally exiled to Siberia.

    The Kreutzer Sonata, and other stories

  • In the stalls to either side of him, a succession of prisoners had come and gone: a disorderly drunk rescued by his weeping wife, a prostitute who had stabbed her customer and been branded in retribution, a horse-thief who had been taken away to hang.

    Ship Of Magic

  • He went on to say that the only way to nab a horse-thief or an express robber was to go right up to him, don't you know, like the little boy went up to the sign-post that he thought was a ghost.

    Young Henry and the Old Man

  • Kicking Wolf was the best horse-thief in the tribe, and also the best stealer of children.

    Dead Man’s Walk

  • Well, Ossawatomie Brown, mad and murderous old horse-thief that he was, played just as big a part in setting the darkies free as she did - aye, or Lincoln or Garrison or any of them, I reckon.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • 'That is the hiding-place of that horse-thief and scoundrel, Prester Beni-Jon.

    River God

  • "In that horse-thief country," I said, "the King was lucky to get him back so soon."

    The Persian Boy

  • The others were called Muhammed Din, a fine-looking old lad with a silver beard, and Khan Hamet, a one-eyed thug with the face of a horse-thief.


  • 'If you pick up with a horse-thief, and bring him to my house,' said Butterbur angrily, 'you ought to pay for all the damage yourselves and not come shouting at me.

    The Fellowship of the Ring


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