juvenile delinquent

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From juvenile + delinquent.

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juvenile delinquent (plural juvenile delinquents)

  1. (law) A persistent young offender; an antisocial minor, one who has committed criminal acts such as theft or violence.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VII:
      This cow-creamer, in case you're interested, was a silver jug or pitcher or whatever you call it shaped, of all silly things, like a cow with an arching tail and a juvenile-delinquent expression on its face, a cow that looked as if it were planning, next time it was milked, to haul off and let the milkmaid have it in the lower ribs.

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