Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person who breaks open safes, a burglar : a yegg.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tramp burglar and safe-breaker.

Etymologies

yegg +‎ man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He was determined now that the fellow should have a lesson indeed; so while he held him at arm's length with one hand, he pummeled him with the other until his face was a mass of bruises; and then, when the yeggman was in a condition bordering upon insensibility, Nick raised him bodily from his feet, and holding him in his arms, ran with him down along the path toward the water.

    A Woman at Bay Or, a Fiend in Skirts

  • Before the yeggman could make reply the girl spoke up quickly.

    The Oakdale Affair

  • I always wanted to be a brakie, and then a yeggman.

    Free Air

  • They were not very easily converted into cash by any of them and as they all believed I was really a yeggman they finally let me into their secrets. ''

    The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat

  • Soapy, among other accomplishments, was a yeggman renowned in the profession, and very soon the heavy door swung softly back, and Soapy became lost in study.

    The Definite Object A Romance of New York

  • He must have been above the average, but everything points to the work of a yeggman.

    The Poisoned Pen

  • He had scarcely got as far as describing the work of the suspected hired yeggman, when

    The Poisoned Pen

  • She must have put them somewhere before she got the yeggman to break the safe.

    The Poisoned Pen

  • From the comparatively quiet life of a not markedly industrious yeggman Brown came out of the upper floor of a State

    Marching Men

  • The yeggman, a strongly built slow talking man, looked like a skilled mechanic of a locomotive engineer.

    Marching Men

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