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burglar

noun bandit, bank robber, criminal, despoiler, filcher, gangster, holdup man, homo trium literarum, larcener, marauder, pilferer, pillager, plunderer, prowler, raider, rifler, robber, safebreaker, safecracker, seccnd-story thief, sneak thief, spoiler, stealer, stickup man, thief
Associated concepts: burglar's tools, criminal trespass

BURGLAR. One who commits a burglary. (q. v.)

References in classic literature ?
In that case I was resolved to tell him that Raffles and I had made a bet about his burglar trap, and that I had come to see who had won.
Yes, it was by their light and that of the lady's bedroom candle, that the burglars saw their way about.
I never met a burglar before," she assured him, "and I can't begin to tell you how interested I am.
But of the other members of the party, Dudley Pickering was unhappy because he feared that burglars were about to raid the house; Roscoe Sherriff because he feared they were not; Claire because, now that the news of the engagement was out, it seemed to be everybody's aim to leave her alone with Mr Pickering, whose undiluted society tended to pall.
This dialogue was held between the two men who had surprised the burglars, and a travelling tinker who had been sleeping in an outhouse, and who had been roused, together with his two mongrel curs, to join in the pursuit.
most contemptible and worthy of all scorn; with slouched hat and guilty eye, skulking from his God; prowling among the shipping like a vile burglar hastening to cross the seas.
But one night, under cover of darkness, and further concealed in a most cunning disguisement, a desperate burglar slid into his happy home, and robbed them all of everything.
Then he had another ride in the patrol wagon, along with the drunken wife-beater and the maniac, several "plain drunks" and "saloon fighters," a burglar, and two men who had been arrested for stealing meat from the packing houses.
The thought flashed across me that I might have before me a burglar or cut-throat, some monstrous Irregular Isosceles, who, by feigning the voice of a Circle, had obtained admission somehow into the house, and was now preparing to stab me with his acute angle.
In the far corner of the room something moved--moved with a silent stealthiness which transcended even the trained silence of the burglar.
Vidocq = Francois Vidocq (1775-1857), a senior French police official who was secretly a burglar, and who "investigated" his own crimes for a long time before being exposed}
The last of these, at Folkestone Court, in May, was remarkable for the cold-blooded pistolling of the page, who surprised the masked and solitary burglar.