sneak thief


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jake Gyllenhaal lost 20 pounds to play Louis Bloom, the ghoulish sneak thief-turned-freelance crime scene journalist, in this alternately gripping and skin-crawling drama. Dennis Perkins,, 2 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sneak thief was circa 1859

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“Sneak thief.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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