chiefly British
used to describe a robbery that is done by breaking a window of a car, store, etc., and stealing whatever can be taken quickly
a smash-and-grab robbery/thief

Examples of smash-and-grab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even Poland’s Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, no friend of Law and Justice, has raised doubts about the legality of the new government’s smash-and-grab style of reform and recapture. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 31 Jan. 2024 This week, a committee of Sacramento lawmakers convened to discuss solutions for continued shoplifting, with some attributing smash-and-grab thefts to Proposition 47. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 Five retail theft suspects made off with around $250,000 worth of merchandise from a Chanel store in Washington D.C. during a smash-and-grab in which one of the thieves discharged a fire extinguisher, police said. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 21 Dec. 2023 But the issue has received more notice in the past few years as high-profile smash-and-grab retail thefts and flash mob robberies have garnered national media attention. Anne D'innocenzio, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2023 The product taken during the smash-and-grab is estimated to be worth approximately $10,000. Luke Gentile, Washington Examiner, 15 Nov. 2023 According to the Chicago Police Department, the smash-and-grab thief broke into the popular makeup store at approximately 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 15 Nov. 2023 Commercial robbery, which includes thefts in which force is used or threatened (like some smash-and-grab thefts), was up about 13% in that same time frame. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 As retail stores face smash-and-grab invasions, Amazon’s online shopping is assailed by the government. WSJ, 29 Sep. 2023 See More

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“Smash-and-grab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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