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    A desperate criminal?

    Hello, guys..

    What does "a desperate criminal" mean?

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    Re: A desperate criminal?

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana0403 View Post
    Hello, guys..

    What does "a desperate criminal" mean?

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    `desperate criminal' means :
    a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier)

    outlaw means :
    a person who has broken the law and who lives separately from the other parts of society because they want to escape legal punishment:
    e.g.
    Robin Hood was an outlaw who lived in the forest and stole from the rich to give to the poor.

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    Re: A desperate criminal?

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana0403 View Post
    Hello, guys..
    What does "a desperate criminal" mean?
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    When applied to a criminal, desperate originally (probably) was applied to a criminal who had committed so many crimes that he despaired of clemency, and so took unusual risks. Nowadays it is used just to mean 'dangerously risk-taking/very bad'.

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