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  • v. Present participle of thieve.
  • adj. That thieves; that steals.
  • n. The action of theft.

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

  • n. the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
  • adj. given to thievery


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  • 'I dare say, my dear,' resumed the father, 'you will not do what we call thieving; but as I know there are many naughty boys in all schools, I am afraid they will teach you to commit dishonourable actions, and to tell you there is no harm in them, and that they are signs of cleverness and spirit, and qualifications very necessary for every boy to possess.'

    Life and Perambulations of a Mouse

  • Though that would've been thieving from a far more important figure. brett_f

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  • If there are scumbags thieving from the public coffers and we expose them and punish them, then the rule of law is upheld and we are all better off.

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  • Bethlem became a byword for thieving, degeneracy and institutionalised corruption.


  • I call it thieving because technically it is that, though it does no harm to anybody.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • For example, they could punish all the thieves – thieving is said to be a weakness of Nikaj.

    High Albania

  • Very practised and skilful in thieving were the native population of Cruces – I speak of the majority, and except the negroes – always more inclined to do a dishonest night's labour at great risk, than an honest day's work for fair wages; for justice was always administered strictly to the poor natives – it was only the foreigners who could evade it or purchase exemption.

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  • Otherwise I might start lusting for my neighbor’s wife, begin thieving from convenience sotres, or, poray tell, I might turn the dismissive and disrespectful attitude I have towards Hostettler and his ilk and aim it at my elders.

    Balloon Juice » 2005 » June

  • Don't call thieving pikey scum itinerant travellers....

    Pikey lives up to sterotype.

  • "Welcome, lad, and all the more that I feared 't was another call the thieving Whigs were about to pay my cribs and barn.

    Janice Meredith


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