Todd, Sweeney

Todd, Sweeney

barber returns to England; takes revenge for false conviction by slitting throats of customers. [Br. Folklore: Misc; Br. Lit.: Sweeney Todd; Am. Musical Theater: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in Facts (1979), 292.]
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Todd, Sweeney Fictional character, a British barber who murders his customers and whose notorious career inspired a novel, many 19th-century melodramas, and a Broadway musical.