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obsolete A robber who holds up people on the road; a highwayman. Be careful if you're traveling to town—I've heard there are land pirates along that winding stretch of road not far from here.
slang Someone who steals delivered packages from people's porches or doorsteps. There have been a lot of porch pirates lately, so definitely bring any packages in as soon as they're delivered. My security camera caught footage of the porch pirates, and I gave it to the police when I reported the theft.
See also: pirate
A derogatory nickname for a member of the United States Coast Guard (in contrast with the US Navy). Primarily heard in US. My uncle, a former Navy SEAL, never hesitates to mock me for enlisting as a puddle pirate, instead of joining a "real" branch of the military. We tease them for being nothing more than puddle pirates, but the Coast Guard plays a pivotal role in keeping our country and its people safe.
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