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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pick-purse one who steals the purse or from the purse of another
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Celt., as Gael. pioc, to pick, W. pigo; cf. Pike.


In literature:

He bent over and picked up the purse.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
The father picked up the purse, and when he opened it and saw the gold, he rejoiced greatly, and awakened his daughters.
"Good Stories For Great Holidays" by Frances Jenkins Olcott
There the younger of the two spied the purse lying in the grass, and picked it up.
"Twilight Land" by Howard Pyle
Down with Christ's cross, up with purgatory pick-purse, up with him, the popish purgatory, I mean.
"Sermons on the Card and Other Discourses" by Hugh Latimer
The youth quickly gathered up the coins; then, picking up the purse, he started for home, filled with happiness.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
Pick up that shell, carry it with you to a jeweller, and see the dollars the fair round gem will bring to your purse.
"Lord Dolphin" by Harriet A. Cheever
Looking to see what it was, Joseph picked up a silken purse.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
One Thomas Johnson had been apprehended for picking purses.
"The Customs of Old England" by F. J. Snell
More and more astonished, he picked up the purse, and put it in his pocket.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
She must have slipped her fingers into my bag and taken my purse, for when I picked up the bag it was open.
"Grace Harlowe's Problem" by Jessie Graham Flower
He picked up the flat little purse and handed it back to her.
"The Lovely Lady" by Mary Austin
He picks up the purse with an exclamation of 'Hallo!
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
It was lucky that Dick was behind, and saw what she had done, for he picked up the purse and gave it to her again.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
Mrs Ponsonby de Tomkins, whose purse you picked up in the railway station in Lausanne.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
Think ye this bloody pick-purse dealt fairly by his crew?
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Pippo picked up the box, opened it, and found a pretty purse wrapt in cotton.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
He pursed his lips, picked it up and looked at it carefully.
"Medal of Honor" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
And when I went out to pick up his blankets a thumping big purse dropped out!
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge
Then she picked up her little bag and took out the purse and the two letters.
"The Girl from Alsace" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
But as the little maid knew there was no other purse to find than the one she had found, she began again to pick up shells.
"The Piskey-Purse" by Enys Tregarthen

In news:

Pick Your Purse – Official Rules.
A Houston mom said she turned her back for only a minute while running inside to pick her son up from school, when she came out she said someone had gone into her car and stole her purse.
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. Investigators said a Volusia County man agreed to give a woman a ride to the food bank to pick up groceries, but it really wasn't a good deed because he is accused of stealing her purse.
Every handbag or purse I pick up seems to have some really big logo or designer name on a little metal plate attached to it.
Mix 96 Pick Your Purse #9.
Mix 96 Pick Your Purse #10.
Mix 96 Pick Your Purse #2.
One Last Chance to Pick Your Purse .
The last week of WIXX Pick Your Purse features the most classic purses a woman could ask for.
When you must change purses, just pick up the organizer from one and drop it into the next.
The annual KIIS FM Pick Your Purse Party wasn't just about purses this year.
I was at the Pick Your Purse Party yesterday and I came across this purse .
Mix 96 Pick Your Purse .
Connie picking out a purse.
My own pepper spray keychain had been left in my car on a hot day in June, only for me to pick it up and put it back in my purse hours later.