A decoy; a man or woman that is on the look-out to decoy the
unwary. It is more properly applied to an agent for supplying ships
with sailors, but these agents are generally in league with
public-houses and private lodging-houses of low character, into which
they decoy the sailors and relieve them of their money under one
pretence or another. (Welsh, crimpiaw, to squeeze or pinch;
Norwegian, krympe, a sponge.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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