1. (UK Und.) a thief who specializes in picking locks.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Dubber c. a picker of locks.|
|Memoirs (1714) 5: Dubbers, Such as rob Dwelling-houses, Ware-houses, Coach-houses or Stables, by picking the locks thereof.|
|Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 205: [...] Dubber, a picker of locks.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
2. (also dubberman) a turnkey, a gaoler.
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: How the dubber served the cull with hung beef; how the turnkey beat the fellow with a bull’s pizzle.|
|Flash (NY) 3 July n.p.: About four years ago [...] he ‘gave the Dabberman [sic] a holliday’ by making good his escape .|