from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose business it is to find and take thieves and bring them to justice; a thief-catcher.


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  • Here's a scanned and indexed copy of a 1736 guide to thieves 'cant, for those times when you want to play stern thief-taker and naughty pickpocket.

    Boing Boing

  • Meanwhile the thievery goes on, as the accounts are expected to fail to pass muster yet again and now that any would be thief-taker knows what will happen to them if they try and disturb the activities of the EuroLooters, is likely to continue for ever and a day.

    Archive 2007-11-04

  • Similarly, Jack Sheppard, in truth a young housebreaker and prison-breaker who was hung at the age of 23, was mythologised in serials, stories and comic strips for the next century as was that other famous burglar, Charles Peace often the hero of these stories which pitched him against Jonathan Wild, the crooked thief-taker.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • He watches as the thief-taker takes his reward and decides to try and steal the prize.

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  • What would he do with arms, or what would any man do with them that is not a regular soldier under government, or else a thief-taker?


  • “You said that the man looked like a thief-taker,” said Déprez.

    The Blackstone Key

  • That was no common thief-taker as was in charge of the pursuit, but Mr. Hudson of the City Police!

    The Blackstone Key

  • A number of interesting new characters also appear, such as the thief-taker Juilin Sander and Zarine 'Faile' Bashere, who is probably among the most unpopular characters in the books although I always found her tolerable, at least up until the last few installments.

    The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

  • "The Savant of the Breath of Dragons is of course welcome to take amusement at the expense of this humble thief-taker," he replied, and Ming nodded, the twist of his mouth finally becoming a smile.

    Locked Rooms

  • Waverley seized the opportunity to ask, whether this Fergus, with the unpronounceable name, was the chief thief-taker of the district?



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