Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lifter n.

1. [late 16C+] one who steals packages and parcels; a shoplifter; a pickpocket [lift v.].

2. [late 17C–early 19C] (UK Und., also lift) a crutch.

3. [early 19C] an act of swindling.

4. [late 19C] (US) a heavy blow [lit. lifting the victim off their feet].