peter n.3(UK/US Und.)
1. [mid-17C–1930s] (also peeter, petter, pitter) a trunk, a bundle, a bag or parcel of any kind.
2. [late 18C+] a safe or cash-box, a cash register, a till.
3. [mid-19C] (US Und.) a receiver of stolen property.
4. [late 19C] (US tramp) a safebreaker.
5. [late 19C+] (Aus.) a witness box; thus mount the peter v. , to enter the witness box.
6. [1930s+] (also pete) a cell, whether in jail, a police station or elsewhere, thus also a prison.
7. [1930s] (Aus.) in a gambling game, the surface onto which dice are thrown.
8. [1960s+] (N.Z.) a half-gallon jar [? fig. use of proper name Peter, based on its ety., Gk petros, a stone].
1. [mid-19C-1930s] (UK Und.) one who steals luggage.
2. [1990s+] (UK Und.) a safe-blower.
[late 19C] (UK Und.) one who steals unguarded parcels and bags from railway stations.
[late 19C] stealing unguarded parcels and bags from railway stations.
[mid-19C] an implement used to break into safes.
[19C] the stealing of boxes, parcels, bags etc, esp. from carriages.
[1940s] (US Und.) a safe-cracker.
[19C] (UK Und.) the stealing of baggage and boxes.
[early 18C–early 19C] (UK Und.) the stealing of baggage and boxes.
1. [early 19C+] a safecracker.
2. [mid-19C] a thief who specializes in stealing goods from the back of vans and carts.
[1900s–10s] (Aus.) stealing from tills.
[late 19C] (Aus.) a thief of packages, parcels, suitcases, etc.
[mid-19C+] breaking open safes.
[late 19C] (Aus. und.) a till thief.
[1980s+] (Aus. prison) one who steals from a fellow prisoner’s cell.
[late 17C–19C] to steal suitcases or portmanteaux.
[1920s+] (Aus.) a cell for solitary confinement.
[late 19C] (UK Und.) steal luggage from a carriage.
[1940s] (US Und.) working as a safebreaker.
[1940s] (US Und.) to blow open a safe.
[1910s] (Aus.) to testify against.