pick·​pock·​et | \ ˈpik-ˌpä-kət How to pronounce pickpocket (audio) \

Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who picks pockets

Examples of pickpocket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of those takeaways can be attributed to Humphrey, the closest thing to a pickpocket on a football field. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, "Sack-happy Ravens tormenting opposing QBs with all-out blitz," 14 Oct. 2020 As eager but inexperienced pickpocket Linus Caldwell, Damon employed his comedic chops along with George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Steven Soderbergh’s heist trilogy, whose first film remains the best in our eyes. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Matt Damon’s 10 best movies ranked," 8 Oct. 2020 That means finding a precocious young pickpocket, Cassandra Cain ( Ella Jay Basco), who, having swiped the stone, swallows it. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Birds of Prey’ Review: Harley Redux, With Joy," 6 Feb. 2020 Want to give Cloud the power to pickpocket foes and cast ice magic or make Tifa your party's primary healer with extra magic points (MP) to cast with? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy VII Remake spoiler-free review: Our kind of Cloud gaming," 6 Apr. 2020 Police officers stand on every street corner, springing into action to arrest pickpockets, one of whom attempted to rob this reporter at dusk one night. Washington Post, "Bolsonaro wants Brazil to be a tourism Eden. But he can’t stop insulting everyone.," 2 Jan. 2020 This probably wasn’t the best disguise for a pickpocket to be wearing. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Amsterdam police arrest man suspected of stealing 30 phones at Sum 41 concert," 29 Jan. 2020 There's just one problem: The diamond has been ingested by a 13-year-old master pickpocket named Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco). Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Birds of Prey," 7 Feb. 2020 Keep your cash and ID in a safe spot Place your ID and money if a safe place beyond the reach of pickpockets. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Day tripping: 10 suggestions for game-planning and packing for a day of sightseeing," 20 Jan. 2020

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Pickpocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickpocket. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pickpocket

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


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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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