Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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Examples

  • 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

  • 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.

    William Harrison Ainsworth

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

    Liviu's Anticipated 2010 Releases Part 2

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

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  • 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.

    Do Not Blow The Whistle Lest They Hear

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

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • 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?

    Redgauntlet

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

    The Blackstone Key

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