prat digger

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Late nineteenth and early twentieth century.


prat digger (plural prat diggers)

  1. (slang) A pickpocket.
  2. (slang) a petty criminal.
  3. (slang) Someone who brings unpopular members of a social group to a social gathering, or seems to always have a rather obnoxious partner.

Usage notes[edit]

Originally used to mean people who steal from the hip pocket. In the early twenty-first century the term was once again picked up by people on the streets of Britain to mean any sort of petty criminal.