petty larceny

noun Law.
larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount.
Compare grand larceny.


Origin:
1810–20

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petty larceny
 
n
a variant spelling of petit larceny

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Example sentences
Unfortunately the film itself is a piece of petty larceny.
Crime was the dish of the day, and the main course was injury to an animal with
  a side of petty larceny.
She tested positive for meth and was arrested for petty larceny for shop
  lifting.
She allegedly took prescribed drugs without paying for them and was charged
  with petty larceny.
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