sneak thief


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sneak thief

n.
One who steals without breaking into buildings or using violence.
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sneak thief

n
(Law) a person who steals paltry articles from premises, which he enters through open doors, windows, etc
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sneak′ thief`


n.
a burglar who sneaks into houses through open doors, windows, etc.
[1855–60, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sneak thief - a thief who steals without using violencesneak thief - a thief who steals without using violence
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
wharf rat - someone who lives near wharves and lives by pilfering from ships or warehouses
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Translations

sneak thief

nLangfinger m (inf), → Einschleichdieb(in) m(f)
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sneak thief

nladruncolo/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
It was the same with the gambling-house keeper and the poolroom man, and the same with any other man or woman who had a means of getting "graft," and was willing to pay over a share of it: the green-goods man and the highwayman, the pickpocket and the sneak thief, and the receiver of stolen goods, the seller of adulterated milk, of stale fruit and diseased meat, the proprietor of unsanitary tenements, the fake doctor and the usurer, the beggar and the "pushcart man," the prize fighter and the professional slugger, the race-track "tout," the procurer, the white-slave agent, and the expert seducer of young girls.
Meanwhile, officers are also hunting a sneak thief who nabbed a purse from a house in Skye Avenue, Renfrew, while the owner was inside.
Pensioner Joyce Honiball, 82, who was a victim of a sneak thief who claimed to know her dead son before stealing money from her purse.
A SNEAK thief stole an 86-yearold's handbag from the Marks and Spencer's changing rooms in Newcastle, police said.
But they have carried on regardless and one sneak thief was even caught on camera trying on clothes from one bag of donations.
We went for lunch in the North Western Wetherspoons bar and while we were there a sneak thief took my wife's bag.
A SNEAK thief crept into a house through an unlocked window and escaped with a laptop computer and a purse containing cash.
In October, 26 female pickpockets were nabbed, while no male sneak thief was caught.
Friday June 7: A sneak thief had a shock when he came face to face with the householder who was in a bedroom S getting changed!
WILL HOSKINS turned sneak thief as he marked his Blades debut with the opening goal.
A CRUEL sneak thief stole pension money from an 81-year-old woman as she shopped in Nuneaton town centre.
TELLY stars were targeted by a sneak thief who rummaged through their dressing rooms while they were performing panto.