shoplift

verb
shop·lift | \ˈshäp-ˌlift \
shoplifted; shoplifting; shoplifts

Definition of shoplift 

intransitive verb

: to steal displayed goods from a store

transitive verb

: to steal (displayed goods) from a store

Examples of shoplift in a Sentence

The manager saw the kids shoplift and called the police. The kids shoplifted candy from the store.

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Barnes has been arrested seven times for shoplifting in incidents that typically resulted in a sentence of probation. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "Woman charged with shoplifting before fatal Deptford strip mall shooting is ordered released. Judge calls her character 'abysmal'," 14 June 2018 DeAngelo worked as a police officer for small towns in California until 1979, when he was fired in Auburn for shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "Wife of Golden State Killer suspect offers prayers for victims, seeks privacy for family," 8 June 2018 Theft, Cedar Road: At 8:30 p.m. April 21, a Columbus woman, 22, was arrested for shoplifting merchandise worth $231 from Dillard's. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Two men, woman and girl arrested on drug charges at mall: Beachwood Police Blotter," 25 Apr. 2018 The suspect was a police officer in Auburn during the 1970s, but fired after he was accused of shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent, according to a 1979 newspaper article. Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect in Golden State Killer case, an ex-police officer, is arrested after decades," 25 Apr. 2018 He was fired in 1979 after he was charged with shoplifting a hammer and a can of dog repellent from a Citrus Heights drug store. Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler And Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Did military and law enforcement training help East Area Rapist suspect evade capture? | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 Anderson was fleeing from what authorities have said was an attempt to shoplift more than $3,400 in merchandise from Marshalls with two accomplices. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "Family of woman fatally shot by Deptford police hold protest, demand answers," 1 July 2018 She was caught attempting to shoplift silver jewelry and spent a night in jail. Marsha Mercer, The Christian Science Monitor, "As sports betting expands, gambling addiction services fall behind," 18 May 2018 The incident happened Tuesday evening after a group of people shoplifted from the store at 9720 Rea Road. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "They stole Bud Light from a Harris Teeter, then ran over a father and son, cops say | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of shoplift

1756, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for shoplift

back-formation from shoplifter

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shoplift

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shoplift

: to steal things from a shop or store

shoplift

verb
shop·lift | \ˈshäp-ˌlift \
shoplifted; shoplifting

Kids Definition of shoplift

: to steal merchandise on display in stores

Other Words from shoplift

shoplifter \-ˌlif-tər \ noun
shop·lift | \ˈshäp-ˌlift \

Legal Definition of shoplift 

: to steal displayed goods from a store

transitive verb

: to steal (displayed goods) from a store

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