Meaning of peterman in English:

peterman

Pronunciation /ˈpiːtəmən/

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nounpetermen

archaic
  • A thief or safe-breaker.

    • ‘It takes as long to train a bank robber as a doctor, going through the grades of look-out, getaway driver, peterman (safeblower) and, most highly skilled, the man who knows how to launder large quantities of notes.’

Origin

Early 19th century from slang peter ‘a trunk or safe’ + man.