Green’s Dictionary of Slang

buz n.

1. see buzz n. (1a)

2. see buzz n. (3)

Terms based on buzz n. (3c)/buzz n. (3b)

In compounds

bus-tailer (n.)

[1930s] (UK Und.) a detective who specialises in surveillance of pickpockets.

buz bloak (n.) [bloke n. (3)]

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a pickpocket who specializes in loose cash and purses (as opposed to jewellery or handkerchiefs).

buz cove (n.) [cove n. (1)]

[early 19C] (UK Und.) a pickpocket.

buz-faker (n.) [faker n.; given the victim is a drunkard, note booze n. (1)]

[19C] a pickpocket, esp. one who makes the victims drunk before robbing them.

buz-gloak (n.) (also bus-gloak, buzz-gloak) [gloak n.]

[19C] (UK Und.) a pickpocket.

buz-grab (n.)

[early 19C] (UK und.) a pickpocket.

buz-knacker (n.) [SE knacker, a harness maker and (?) a maker of small (harness-related) articles]

[mid-19C] a trainer of young pickpockets.

buzman (n.) (also buzzman) [SE man]

1. [late 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a pickpocket.

2. see buzzman under buzz n.

swell buz(z)man (n.)

[early 19C] (Uk Und.) a member of a superior pickpocket gang.