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[shop-lift] /ˈʃɒpˌlɪft/
verb (used with object)
to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.
verb (used without object)
to shoplift merchandise.
Origin of shoplift
1810-20; back formation from shoplifter
Related forms
antishoplifting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shoplifting
  • There will be no more shoplifting or shipments that fall off trucks or items that are out of stock.
  • The two students were connected with those names, he said, while being prosecuted on shoplifting charges.
  • Apart from the shoplifting incident, their legal dossier contains cases of small claims filed by retailers and a car company.
  • Whether or not they boost sales, a friendly welcome is said to cut shoplifting.
  • As the country ages and grows poorer, this has led to a surge in petty crime, such as shoplifting by the elderly.
  • He took to the streets early, was busted almost at once for shoplifting, later for delivering drugs.
  • For the purpose of businesses, theft is usually in the form of shoplifting.
  • For instance, shoplifting without being caught results in free clothes.
British Dictionary definitions for shoplifting


the act of stealing goods from a shop during shopping hours
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shoplifting

1690s, "stealing of goods from a shop;" see shoplifter.



also shop-lift, 1820, back-formation from shoplifting. Related: Shop-lifted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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