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a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places

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Fathers, daughters, sons, cutpurses, and strong women like Moll all attended plays.
But the sails are star-sails and the ne'er-do-wells and cutpurses that inhabit the taverns each have enough eyes, heads and legs to equip an entire crew back on planet Earth.
Beyond all the metaphors that have passed into our speech--all the ponytails and tantivies, the horsebeans, horseleeches, and horselaughs, beyond all the junkies shooting white horse and all the cutpurses hung from the mare foaled of an acorn--beyond that there is, most excellent of all, the terminology, the words we have evolved in order to live in such close association with these beings for such a long time, to be able to talk about them and what they do: piebald and roan, withers and farrier, crupper and martingale.
This final act opens with a representation of the villainous underworld, of cutpurses and rogues pretending to be maimed ex-soldiers -- masterless men with a license to beg.
A warning spelling out the methods of the licensed cutpurses whose aim in life is to get their hands on our loot is worth listening to.
well knowne & acquainted with all theeves & cutpurses.
The fool's speech is not a prophecy, both because part is already true, and because part will never be true (if cutpurses do not cut purses then they would not be cutpurses), and the evocation of Merlin is similarly paradoxical.
With the crowds of louts, cutpurses, embezzlers, con men, rip-off artistes, bad hats, riff-raff and other ne'er do wells will, of course, go betting turnover.
It would be an insult to Falstaff's gang of ragamuffins and cutpurses to say that the surrealists resembled them; Falstaff's had wit and style.
The deceit practiced by the education establishment is almost presidential in its magnitude and is worthy of being published in detail, in 64-point red type, so that never again will the ripjacks, cutpurses and highbinders of LAUSD be able to fool us so completely.
On the one hand, here again Jonson suggests that the various social types dramatized in his play are all humorous "puppets," enslaved to their own compulsions and hence vulnerable to the bawds, con-men and cutpurses of the faire.
The twin masterworks provide a sweeping, complex view of life, from court to tavern, from brothel to battlefield, and explore relationships as diverse as fathers and sons, and cutpurses and victims.
15) A further sense of crowded confusion comes through in our letter, which jokingly references the dozens of cutpurses and cunning thieves of hats and cloaks who infiltrated the audience, as well as the huge numbers of horses, litters, and carriages required by those attending, including what our writer flippantly refers to as veritable 'troops' of pages.
Reynolds's belief that "there was a substantially unified criminal culture of rogues, vagabonds, beggars, cony-catchers, cutpurses, prostitutes, and gypsies" (22), has been discredited by historians such as A.
In 1600, Will Kempe records that when cutpurses are caught, they are tied to the post of the stage, and, all in the same year, John Lane complains of 'light-tayled huswives' that they 'show and vaunt' themselves at the Globe and Marston claims that a visitor to the ampitheatres risks being choked with the stench of garlic and pasted to the jacket of a brewer.