shop·​lift·​er | \ ˈshäp-ˌlif-tər How to pronounce shoplifter (audio) \

Definition of shoplifter

: one who shoplifts

Examples of shoplifter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Theft: Lorain Road Police at 3:55 p.m. March 19 responded to Giant Eagle regarding a suspected shoplifter who was being held in custody. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "OVI crash suspect denies drinking; cops find open container: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 28 Mar. 2020 Infant formula has become a popular target for shoplifters at Metro Market, 11558 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, which was victimized twice in August. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baby formula a target for shoplifters at Mequon store," 3 Sep. 2019 The shoplifter pulled out a firearm and discharged it, striking the officer multiple times, the release said. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A police officer working security at Walmart tried to stop a shoplifter. He was shot multiple times," 17 Feb. 2020 Felony corrupt activity: Crocker Park Westlake police received a report at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 of shoplifters at the H&M clothing store. Bruce Geiselman,, "Voicemail threats against police bring additional charges: Westlake Police Blotter," 5 Sep. 2019 Police were called to an Evendale Walmart for a report of a shoplifter fleeing from security, according to a statement from the Evendale Police Department. Cameron Knight,, "Police: Man stabbed himself in the neck during arrest," 17 Feb. 2020 During the department’s free trial, Clearview had identified shoplifters, an Apple Store thief and a good Samaritan who had punched out a man threatening people with a knife. New York Times, "The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It," 18 Jan. 2020 Store owners and landlords are among those keen to use the technology to spot shoplifters and abusive customers. Washington Post, "UK police use of facial recognition tests public’s tolerance," 16 Jan. 2020 Across the state, retailers say they have been hit hard by shoplifters since Prop 47 went into effect. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "California's Prop 47 leads to rise in shoplifting, thefts, criminal activity across state," 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of shoplifter

1680, in the meaning defined above

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“Shoplifter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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