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Definition of Public Enemy No 1 from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Public Enemy No 1

 
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the title used by the FBI in the 1930s to refer to the criminal they considered the most dangerous and the one they most wanted to arrest at any particular time. In 1934 both John Dillinger and ‘Baby Face’ Nelson were named as ‘Public Enemy No 1’. The FBI now names the ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’.