sneak thief


: a thief who steals whatever is readily available without using violence or forcibly breaking into buildings

Examples of sneak thief in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sneak thief was circa 1859

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“Sneak thief.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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