- a ruffian, a cut-purse. Of Robin Hood it was said— “So being outlaw’d (as ’tis told), He with a crew went forth Of lusty CUTTERS, bold and strong, And robbed in the north.” CUTTER, a swashbuckler—_balaffreux taillebras, fendeur de naseaux._—_Cotgrave._ “He’s out of cash, and thou know’st by CUTTER’S LAW, We are bound to relieve one another.” _Match at Midn._, O. Pl., vii. 553. This ancient cant word now survives in the phrase, “to swear like a CUTTER.”
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