A curious word popped up on yesterday’s crossword: yegg.
Origin uncertain, possibly from English or Scottish dialect, yark or yek; popularized in 1930s gangster movies.
A person who breaks open safes, a burglar.
1904 Capture of the ‘Yegg’ Bank Burglars – movie directed by Edwin S. Porter (with quotes in as part of title)
Movie Plot: A group of bank robbers meet at their campsite to plan a burglary. When everything is ready, they break into the bank and blow open the safe. Their getaway, though, is not a clean one. They have to shoot their way out, and the gun battle sets off a desperate chase.
I want to watch this movie now. And I want a campsite from which to do my scheming.