Thief taker


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thief taker one whose business is to find and capture thieves and bring them to justice.
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  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.”


In literature:

Thieves and thief-takers hung in dread rapture on his words, and shrank when a hair of his eyebrows turned in their direction.
"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
That pretty fellow was born to be a thief-taker.
"The Tavern Knight" by Rafael Sabatini
Does he not send for a posse of constables or thief-takers to handcuff the villain, or take him either to Bedlam or Newgate?
"Biographia Literaria" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
"Adonais" by Shelley
The thief taker had the start of the pimp, and overtook him in a moment.
"Damon and Delia" by William Godwin
Vidocq, the French thief-taker, Memoirs of, 425, 6, 7, 8, 9.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various
He is promised a pardon from government, and some kind of a place as thief-taker, if he'll engage in it against you.
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
The blaze, however, was sufficient to reveal to the thief-taker the features of his intended assassin.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The great thief-taker rounded a corner, and albeit Dan made no effort to overtake him, he was scrupulous to make the same turn.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Mac-Guffog, the county thief-taker, and two of his people were there.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
My father, Christopher, or Kit Coates, as he was familiarly called, was a celebrated thief-taker.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
This man was something more than a thief-taker and a tracker of criminals.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
The truth is, the thief-taker still flourishes in America.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
A thief-taker and a monarch!
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
When he had taken it the thief-taker raised his pistol and pulled the trigger.
"The Bath Road" by Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
I am a bribe-taker; I am a thief; make the most of it.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Legal" by Robert G. Ingersoll
But the thief-takers, instead of profiting by this fair example, are for ever robbing the poor host.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
Now go and howl for your thief-takers, and take his Lordship, here, with you to squall for his precious constables!
"Cardigan" by Robert W. Chambers
When the thief-taker sees this, he knows his man.
"Curiosities of Civilization" by Andrew Wynter
He knew, none better, that the thief-taker who is also the thief-maker, has not a single friend in the whole world.
"The Orange Girl" by Walter Besant