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

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someone's been thieving my cookies!
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Jennifer Lopez’s mesmerizing pole dance in the first few minutes of the hit movie Hustlers does as much to solidify her character — Ramona, the ringleader of a band of thieving strippers — as her dialogue. Clarissa Cruz,, "How Jennifer Lopez learned to pole-dance for Hustlers," 16 Sep. 2019 They can be seen thieving food from the backs of pick-up trucks and bait from sport boats. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Being called a ‘bird brain’ might not be the insult you think it is," 29 Aug. 2019 Cattle raiding and horse thieving were common crimes in the Wild West, but bee rustling is a relatively new offense for the lawbooks. Lucas Foglia, National Geographic, "Beekeepers hit hard by thefts of hives," 3 May 2019 The raven thieving groceries from the back of your truck or the call of migrating swans high overhead all serve to bring our feathered neighbors to notice. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 The first episode of this nature mini-series focuses on animals who will steal, cheat and fight for food, including kleptomaniac crabs, thieving macaques and cannibalistic lizards. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Archer’," 25 Apr. 2018 Syrians generally viewed thieving civil servants as an inevitable part of life. John Wendle, Scientific American, "The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees," 17 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of thieve

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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