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Balaclava

Would you be intimidated if someone tried to rob you while wearing a balaclava? What about a ski mask? Trick question: they’re the same thing! The head covering recently made popular in the Pussy Riot protests is known as a balaclava. The name...

car clout

car clout  n.— «UC Berkeley police have issued a car clout alert. Car clouters—burglars who rob cars—have been busily at work on campus over the past month, reports campus Police Chief Victoria Harrison. Between Feb. 21 and March 21...

catch-in-the-air

catch-in-the-air  n.— «He confessed to have been a member of a robbery gang popularly called one chance, or catch in-the- air.…One chance is a robbery operation whereby we use vehicle to rob victims. We would pick unsuspecting...

one chance

one chance  n.— «One chance is a robbery operation whereby we use vehicle to rob victims. We would pick unsuspecting passengers from the road, pretending to be going their way. But at the middle of the journey, we would stop and collect...

who laid the rail

who laid the rail
 adv. phr.— «Oh, these boys of mine are cowmen from who laid the rail. They’re not out to rob a neighbor.» —by Andy Adams Wells Brothers: The Young Cattle Kings , 1911. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

hully-gully

hully-gully  adj.— «It was a lot safer, too, because the scores were planned, not hully-gully where you might run into any kind of surprise. Indeed, Diesel was sent to San Quentin after he tried to rob a Sacramento poker room in his own...