[ noun ] (law,criminal law) a thief who steals from someone by threatening violence
Used in print(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)
A band of robbers enters a railroad_station , overpowers and ties_up the telegraph_operator , holds_up the train and escapes .
A posse is formed and pursues the robbers , who , having made their escape , are whooping_it_up with some wild , wild women in a honky-tonk hide-out .
The robbers run from the hide-out , take cover in a wooded declivity , and are shot dead by the posse .
As the robbers leave the looted train , the film suddenly cuts_back to the station , where the telegrapher 's little daughter arrives with her father 's dinner_pail only to find him bound on the floor .
The cowboy films , the cops and robbers films , and the slapstick comedy films culminating in an insane chase are not_only catering to what critics may assume to be a vulgar taste for violence ; these films and these sequences are also seeking_out - instinctively or by_design - the peculiarly cinematic elements of narrative .