pikey

1. noun
a) A low-ranking soldier who merely carries a pike.
b) A working-class (often underclass) person; can vary from specifically Irish Travellers to gypsies or travellers from any ethnic background, but now increasingly used for any socially undesirable person, with negative connotations of benefit fraud, theft, single-parent families and living on run-down estates.
2. verb
to steal.

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