Crimp of Death

(A). A thief-catcher. A crimp is a decoy, especially of soldiers and sailors. (See above.)

Here lie three crimps of death, knocked down by Fate,
Of justice the staunch blood-hounds, too, so keen.

Peter Pindar: Epitaph on Townsend, Macmanus, and Jealous.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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