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The American Malefactor’s Dictionary: Adam

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– a henchman, an accomplice.

The word is also used in combination, as in Adam tiler (or tyler), a pickpocket’s accomplice. This latter term refers to the person to whom the pickpocket quickly passes off his or her gains for safekeeping and to avoid suspicion.


Note: See “Cant: The Language of the Underworld” to learn more about the background of the American Malefactor’s Dictionary.

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