second-storey man

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second-storey man (plural second-storey men)

  1. (slang, US) A thief, especially one who climbs into buildings above ground level.
    • 2007, Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Penguin 2008, p. 4:
      They were appalled by his idea of making a spy service out of a scattershot collection of Wall Street brokers, Ivy League eggheads, soldiers of fortune, ad men, news men, stunt men, second-story men, and con men.