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 Officers responded to a report of a shoplifter in custody inside the store at 450 Washington St. at 12:46 p.m., according to the statement. Adam Sennott,, 23 July 2022 Police went to Gabe’s at 12:39 p.m. June 22 for a report of a shoplifter. cleveland, 8 July 2022 Police responded to a shoplifter in custody at 11:23 a.m. Feb. 15. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 7 Mar. 2022 On April 16, a Meijer asset protection detective called police after a shoplifter left the Broadview Road store. John Benson, cleveland, 11 May 2022 North Olmsted police officers responded at 2:49 p.m. Jan. 29 to Walmart after a loss prevention officer called to complain of a female shoplifter. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 12 Feb. 2022 The shoplifter then leaves the store with the bag on the bike, the video shows. Eric Levenson And Cheri Mossburg, CNN, 16 June 2021 The incident happened a year before the same dog ripped the scalp off a shoplifter hiding in bushes. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Loss prevention at Home Depot chased a shoplifter out of the store Feb. 11 but lost sight of her in the parking lot. cleveland, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shoplifter

1680, in the meaning defined above

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2 Aug 2022

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“Shoplifter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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