American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having quick and nimble fingers.
- adj. Skilled at or given to petty thievery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Light in touch with the fingers, as in playing the piano.
- Dexterous in touching and taking; thievish; addicted to petty thefts: applied particularly to pickpockets.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Dexterous in taking and conveying away; thievish; pilfering; addicted to petty thefts.
- adj. having nimble fingers literally or figuratively; especially for stealing or picking pockets
“Being light-fingered with the past is not always unforgivable, and sometimes it's necessary: it is disappointing to know that Mozart and Salieri got on rather well, and classicists might moan about the savaging of the past in Gladiator, but they are great stories.”
“Steinmeyer takes pains to explain how hard it was even for someone as light-fingered and ingratiating as young Howard to become and remain a headliner.”
“Possibly some slant-eyed, light-fingered pickpocket was even then enjoying the fifty-odd yen his purse had contained.”
“I was on this afternoon and could not find my new pot of silver eye paint—I suspected the light-fingered Becka Marshall.”
“This week they discovered the thief's identity and were stunned to find it was an inside job – the light-fingered scallywag lives on the course.”
“Leave us face it, there is an awful lot of lettuce rolling loose in this fair city and I fear it is far too great a temptation for one as light-fingered as yourself.”
“But when he finds them, he also finds that he has competition: a certain light-fingered feline named Kitty Softpaws Salma Hayek.”
“Being light-fingered with the past is not always unforgivable, and sometimes it's necessary.”
“Operation USA did not use government, the UN or the Clinton Initiative for anything other than an occasional assist to ensure our planes could land in Haiti or in trying to free inbound cargo from light-fingered or heavy-handed customs officials who are legion in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic.”
“SAGAL: The large grey Langur monkeys will be patrolling the athletes 'village keeping an eye out for light-fingered rhesus monkeys.”
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