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yegg (yeg) noun
A thug or burglar, especially a safecracker.
[Of unknown origin.]
"The book will end with [Victor Ribe], too, but only after he repeatedly disappears for chapters at a stretch, upstaged by a sadistically overpopulated ensemble of sundry grifters, grafters and hard-boiled yeggs." David Kipen; Channeling Hammett, Sort of; San Francisco Chronicle; Apr 14, 2002.
"With their millions in underwriting fees they were the true winners of the great bull market's endgame - they and the dazzling assortment of con artists, bucket shop crooks, mafia figures, and two-bit yeggs who emerged from the woodwork in the late nineties, hearing in the populist call a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fleece the suckers." Thomas Frank; One Market Under God; Doubleday; Oct 17, 2000.
I'll be traveling and speaking in Hong Kong, Thailand, and India during the six weeks beginning late September. Detailed info later. A.Word.A.Day will continue as usual. -Anu
This week's theme: words to describe your opponents, vituperation.
All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (8 Dec 1894-1961)