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pilferage

[pil-fer-ij] /ˈpɪl fər ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or practice of pilfering; petty theft.
2.
something that is pilfered.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; pilfer + -age
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  • They must be watchful for pilferage of production rejects and of returned of damaged merchandise.
  • Strapping can also prevent tampering and pilferage during shipping.
  • There have been incidents of pilferage from checked baggage at both airports and bus terminals.
  • However, pilferage in customs warehouses continues to be a problem.
  • Substrate type affects caching and pilferage of pine seeds by chipmunks.
  • And, of course, there are jokes about how containerization of trucking has minimized pilferage.
  • Report any damage to contents or pilferage immediately by telephone.
  • They have tight fitting lids which can be locked to prevent pilferage.
  • pilferage from and loss of entire containers remains a problem.
British Dictionary definitions for pilferage

pilferage

/ˈpɪlfərɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or practice of stealing small quantities or articles
2.
the amount so stolen
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Word Origin and History for pilferage
n.

1620s, from pilfer + -age.

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