thief in law

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Etymology[edit]

thief +‎ in +‎ law, a calque of Russian вор в законе (vor v zakone)

Noun[edit]

thief in law (plural thieves in law)

  1. A criminal who is respected, has authority and a high ranking status within the criminal underworld in the old Soviet Union, Russia and the republics that formed the former Soviet Union.

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