a person who steals money, wallets, etc., from the pockets of people, as in crowded public places.
verb (used with object)
to steal (a wallet, money, etc.) in the manner of a pickpocket.
to steal from (a person) in the manner of a pickpocket.

1585–95; pick1 + pocket

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

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Example sentences
Then there is a flash of a pickpocket and out of a window comes a supposedly empty wallet.
If you are jostled in a crowd, be aware that a pickpocket might be responsible.
In general, crimes against persons dropped, but there was a major increase in pickpocket incidents.
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