pilfering


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pil·fer

 (pĭl′fər)
v. pil·fered, pil·fer·ing, pil·fers
v.tr.
To steal (a small amount or item). See Synonyms at steal.
v.intr.
To steal or filch.

[From Middle English pilfre, booty, spoils, from Old French pelfre; probably akin to felpe, frepe, old clothes; see frippery.]

pil′fer·age (-ĭj) n.
pil′fer·er n.
Translations

pilfering

[ˈpɪlfərɪŋ] Nratería f, hurto m, robo m

pilfering

[ˈpɪlfərɪŋ] nchapardage m

pilfering

[ˈpɪlfrɪŋ] nfurtarelli mpl
References in classic literature ?
My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated, did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it.
The loss of the crown jewels or the Great Seal of England could have brought no greater consternation to a British king than did the pilfering of the sacred knife bring to La, the Oparian, Queen and High Priestess of the degraded remnants of the oldest civilization upon earth.
The Dodger had a vicious propensity, too, of pulling the caps from the heads of small boys and tossing them down areas; while Charley Bates exhibited some very loose notions concerning the rights of property, by pilfering divers apples and onions from the stalls at the kennel sides, and thrusting them into pockets which were so surprisingly capacious, that they seemed to undermine his whole suit of clothes in every direction.
It would almost seem that, according to their peculiar code of morals, the pilfering of a hatchet or a wrought nail from a European, is looked upon as a praiseworthy action.
Nor, though placed amongst a ruthless crew and every hour passed by ruthless hands, and through the livelong nights shrouded with thick darkness which might cover any pilfering approach, nevertheless every sunrise found the doubloon where the sunset left it last.
Captain Bonneville and his men, however, were by no means disposed to renew their confiding intimacy with these crafty savages, and above all, took care to avoid their pilfering caresses.
As they glided slowly on, keeping under the shore and sneaking in and out among the shipping by back-alleys of water, in a pilfering way that seemed to be their boatman's normal manner of progression, all the objects among which they crept were so huge in contrast with their wretched boat, as to threaten to crush it.
Summary: Dewas (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Jan 19 (ANI): An official of a Dewas-based Bank Note Press (BNP) was today caught pilfering newly-printed currency notes.
He said power shortage occurred on such feeders where people were pilfering electricity.
MULTAN -- Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) Shamasabad sub-division checking team launched a crackdown against power pilferers and caught seven persons red handed while pilfering electricity.
Rawalpindi -- The Sadiqabad police have arrested two men for allegedly pilfering electricity.
The judge, Recorder Stephen Bedford, said: "It is staggering to the imagination that such a degree of staff pilfering at the Asda store could continue for so long.