– someone who avoids lodging in the same place twice out of fear of arrest.
In England, the term also meant either a lodger or an expert thief. The Artful Dodger was, of course, the name of Fagan’s top child-pickpocket in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist.
- Farmer, John S. and W. E. Henley. A Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English. Abridged from Slang and Its Analogues. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1912.
- Partridge, Eric. A Dictionary of the Underworld. New York: Bonanza Books, 1961.