from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thief.
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The nineteenth's a prigger of cacklers who harms, 
J suppose at his comming home he sente such wayes as he suspected or thought mete to search for this prigger, but hetherto he neuer harde any tidinges againe of his palfreys.
8 Fire-prigger -- No beast of prey can be more noxious to society or destitute of feeling than those who plunder the unfortunate sufferers under that dreadful and destructive calamity, fire.
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C.iii. b.) "A prigger of Prauncers be horse stealers, for to prigge signifieth in their language to steale, and a prauncer is a horse, so beinge put together, the matter is plaine.