\ ˈthēv How to pronounce thieve (audio) \
thieved; thieving

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someone's been thieving my cookies!
Recent Examples on the Web For years, the party denigrated the south as a thieving leech on the resources of the more prosperous north. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Salvini Remains at the Eye of Italy’s Political Storm," 22 Jan. 2020 Last year, a farmer in Thirthahalli in the state of Karnataka resorted to painting his pet dog with tiger stripes to protect his coffee crop from thieving monkeys. Fox News, "Villagers in India dress up as bears to scare off more than 2,000 monkeys," 30 Jan. 2020 His slickly produced videos speak to Russians’ anger about inequality and hypocritical, thieving officialdom. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "From a Russian Banker, a $4 Million Mansion and a 200-Foot Yacht," 3 Dec. 2019 The local partners eventually rebelled, denouncing the Zetas as thieving outsiders while also adopting their predatory tactics. Arkansas Online, "Cartels now at war over avocados," 1 Dec. 2019 Fleck is bullied by thieving poor kids and drunken rich guys, goaded to the point of murder by the meanness of the world. New York Times, "‘Joker’ Review: Are You Kidding Me?," 3 Oct. 2019 This later-season standout stars Cleese as a bumbling, flower-thieving highwayman who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Devan Coggan,, "Monty Python's Flying Circus," 4 Oct. 2019 But many African states have not helped their cause, often because thieving politicians are still in charge. The Economist, "African kleptocrats are finding it tougher to stash cash in the West," 10 Oct. 2019 What motivated him to go joy riding and car thieving at midnight miles from home? Randy Blaser,, "Column: The shooting death of a 14-year-old was a tragedy. What does it say about us as a society?," 23 Aug. 2019

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Thieve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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\ ˈthēv How to pronounce thieve (audio) \
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