[shop-lif-ter] /ˈʃɒpˌlɪf tər/
a person who steals goods from the shelves or displays of a retail store while posing as a customer.
1670–80; obsolete shoplift shoplifter (shop + lift) + -er1
Example Sentences for shoplifter
If you're a known shoplifter, for example, you won't be able to go into a store without being flagged.
Profiles of eight addicts struggling toward recovery, from a former boxer on heroin to a compulsive shoplifter.
Personal safety should always take priority over retrieving property or detaining a shoplifter.
Though a deterrent to the average shoplifter, apparently some have discovered ways to deactivate these devices.
He is generally described in the press as a small-time shoplifter, but that characterization is highly misleading.
It is not when the shoplifter walked away from the camera department, left the store, or got in his car.
British Dictionary definitions for shoplifter
shoplifter (ˈʃɒpˌlɪftə)
a person who steals goods from a shop during shopping hours

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Word Origin and History for shoplifter
1680, from shop (n.) + agent noun of lift (q.v.).
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