from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A highway robber.
- n. One of a class of men in seaports who live by cheating or robbing sailors.
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John A. Murrell, long known as the great Western land-pirate; and surely no pirate of the seas was ever more enterprising or more dangerous.
Borrowing and repayment are no part of the manners of this land-pirate.
-- I saw this land-pirate Mahamed take a blackmail like a negro chief.
A young man had been sleeping on the grass, and this land-pirate had absolutely succeeded in getting his shoes, his handkerchief, and his hat; but an attempt to _take off his cravat_ had awoke the sleeper.
O'Donnell insists that we stop picturing Theoderic as a horse-riding land-pirate on the lookout,