pick·​pock·​et | \ ˈpik-ˌpä-kət \

Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who picks pockets

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BatesWatch: Bates forges a letter and saves the monarchy with his pickpocket skills. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 12 Sep. 2018 Widely revered by his peers as the best pickpocket in the world, Robbins confines his gifts to the right side of the law, working as a sleight-of-hand artist, entertainer, speaker, security consultant, and all-around expert in the arts of deception. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The World’s Best Pickpocket Reviews The Ocean’s 8 Heist," 13 June 2018 But Rihanna, along with Mindy Kaling, who plays a jewelry expert, are vastly underused, as is Awkwafina as a world-class pickpocket. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Ocean's 8' has some spark and dazzle," 8 June 2018 The woman was warned about pickpockets and other crimes ahead of her European vacation — but she wasn't prepared for this. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Colorado bodybuilder punches man who groped her on the street: 'He wasn't taking me seriously'," 1 May 2018 The city has a reputation for pickpockets and scams (fake taxi drivers taking passengers to A.T.M.s and forcing them to get out money, for one). New York Times, "Place 9 of 52: The Paradox of the Women of La Paz," 17 Apr. 2018 The second time, Chubb employed an old pickpocket maneuver by bumping into Bryant while slipping the towel away. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "Bradley Chubb Strikes a Balance Between Serious and Fun," 20 Mar. 2018 Plot out your destinations on a paper map beforehand, as cellphone-gazers attract skilled pickpockets. Seth Kugel, New York Times, "36 Hours in São Paulo," 1 Mar. 2018 Under the law, robbery involves taking property from another person either through the use of or threat of violence, while theft is taking that property without violence or threat — think the difference between a mugging and a pickpocket. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force officer plans to argue crimes were theft, not robberies," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pickpocket

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pickpocket was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who steals money and other things from people's pockets and purses


pick·​pock·​et | \ ˈpik-ˌpä-kət \

Kids Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who steals from pockets and purses



Legal Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who surreptitiously steals money or valuables from the pockets or person of an individual

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