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sticky fingers

pl.n. Informal
A tendency to steal.

stick′y-fin′gered (-fĭng′gərd) adj.
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informal given to thieving
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He to fix eyes But I also love those villages, where the fish and chip shop and the off-licence vie for the souls of young men and women along the parade of gossip - the sly sins of the committee men, counting their profits in peddle-dashed terraces; the stern-stone of the schoolyards, the skipping ropes, footballs and mean shovesin-the-back; the shuttered, oblong chapels once proclaiming a simple faith in God; the mobile libraries mine gaze mutual packed with cheap romance - the mothers and sticky-handed toddlers blocking the doors to the ringing shops, where you can buy puckered fruit, pegs, firelighters, gin and fleshy magazines.
Kind of like those summer fairs with the hog contests and that cow butter-carving that we heard so much about when politicians were working the sticky-handed crowds eating everything conceivable fried."