pick pocket

pickpocket

[pik-pok-it]
noun
1.
a person who steals money, wallets, etc., from the pockets of people, as in crowded public places.
verb (used with object)
2.
to steal (a wallet, money, etc.) in the manner of a pickpocket.
3.
to steal from (a person) in the manner of a pickpocket.

Origin:
1585–95; pick1 + pocket

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pickpocket (ˈpɪkˌpɒkɪt)
 
n
a person who steals from the pockets or handbags of others in public places

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