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Definitiona bold outlaw — especially from the American old west
- The whole gang of sailors, likewise, observing the press of spectators, and learning the purport of the scarlet letter, came and thrust their sunburnt and desperado-looking faces into the ring.Chapter 22 -- The Procession (93% in)
- They were rough-looking desperadoes, with sun-blackened faces, and an immensity of beard; their wide short trousers were confined about the waist by belts, often clasped with a rough plate of gold, and sustaining always a long knife, and in some instances, a sword.Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (71% in)
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