yegg

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yegg (plural yeggs)

  1. (cant, slang) A person who breaks open safes; a burglar.
    • 1904, Edwin S. Porter (director), Capture of the ‘Yegg’ Bank Burglars
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 265:
      ‘These racketeers are a new type. We think about them the way we think about old time yeggs or needled-up punks.’

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