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 for cutpurse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cutpurse \Cut"purse`\ (k[u^]t"p[^u]rs`), n.
     One who cuts purses for the sake of stealing them or their
     contents (an act common when men wore purses fastened by a
     string to their girdles); one who steals from the person; a
     [1913 Webster]
           To have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is
           necessary for a cutpurse.                --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in
           public places [syn: pickpocket, cutpurse, dip]

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