Definition of purse-picking in English:

purse-picking

Pronunciation /ˈpəːsˌpɪkɪŋ/

noun

  • The action of picking or stealing from purses.

    Apparently rare between the late 17th and 19th centuries.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Buchanan (1506–1582), poet, historian, and administrator. From purse + picking.