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  • n. A person who shoplifts, one who steals from shops.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who steals anything in a shop, or takes goods privately from a shop; one who, under pretense of buying goods, takes occasion to steal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who purloins goods from a shop; particularly, one who under pretense of buying takes occasion to steal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thief who steals goods that are in a store


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • A "digital shoplifter" is a woman who sees an interesting hairstyle or garment in a fashion mag and snaps a photo of it with her camphone, then emails it to her pals to see what they think of it.

    Boing Boing: June 29, 2003 - July 5, 2003 Archives

  • Being able to deal with a shoplifter is the starting point for any police officer because it contains some simple elements of police work:

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • The security officer was not injured and told police she did not know the shoplifter was a man until the wig fell off.

    Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

  • The word "shoplifter" translates to the numbers 0-9.


  • If you are looking at tags, and see the price, and under it is a string of letters, they may use the "shoplifter" code.


  • Cops who arrived on the scene were shocked to find that the shoplifter was a fellow police officer and an assistant inspector of the Shizuoka Prefectural Police’s juvenile division.

    But I am the police! » Japundit Blog

  • The shoplifter is a white man, 5'10 "and weighing about 160 pounds. Breaking News : News

  • * note* "shoplifter" used to be the industry standard, but at least one shop I did work at uses another 10-letter word.


  • Could you really be a Googler if the company eyed you like a shoplifter and rummaged through your bag as you left?

    In the Plex

  • After hearing about the background of their shoplifter, the department store manager shuddered and declined to prosecute.

    Kill the Irishman


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