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pickpocket

[pik-pok-it] /ˈpɪkˌpɒk ɪt/
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
1585-1595
1585-95; pick1 + pocket
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British Dictionary definitions for pick-pocket

pickpocket

/ˈpɪkˌpɒkɪt/
noun
1.
a person who steals from the pockets or handbags of others in public places
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Word Origin and History for pick-pocket

pickpocket

n.

also pick-pocket, 1590s, from pick (v.) + pocket (n.). Earlier was pick-purse (late 14c.). As a verb from 1670s.

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