have/put one's hands in the till

Definition of have/put one's hands in the till

:to steal money from the place where one works
  • He was accused of putting his hand in the till.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

hand play hands
  1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ : the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey

  2. : the forelimb segment (such as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

  3. : a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as

  1. : with the hands rather than by machine

  1. : to touch or manage with the hands

  2. : furl

  3. : to lead, guide, or assist with the hand

till play
  1. : until

  2. : to

  1. : until

  1. : to work by plowing, sowing, and raising crops : cultivate

  1. : a money drawer in a store or bank

  2. : a box, drawer, or tray in a receptacle (such as a cabinet or chest) used especially for valuables

  3. : the money contained in a till

  1. : unstratified glacial drift consisting of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders intermingled


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