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sticky fingers

plural noun, Informal.
1.
a propensity to steal.
Origin of sticky fingers
1930-1935
1930-35
Related forms
sticky-fingered
[stik-ee-fing-gerd] /ˈstɪk iˈfɪŋ gərd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the Web for sticky-fingered
Historical Examples
  • “All this is on Sammy,” Perry said, pointing at the huge barbecue smoker, the crowds of sticky-fingered gorgers.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • Women with slim-shanked, whining, sticky-fingered children dragging after them.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for sticky-fingered

sticky-fingered

adjective
1.
(informal) given to thieving
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Slang definitions & phrases for sticky-fingered

stick with

verb phrase

To continue to carry out: stuck with it so long (1915+)

sticky

adjective

  1. Sentimental; schmaltzy, soppy: a sticky little song about a crippled puppy (1864+)
  2. Difficult; tricky; nasty: He considered himself a tap dancer, because he was very agile at gliding away from any sticky situation (1915+)

Related Terms

icky

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with sticky-fingered

sticky fingers

A propensity to steal, as in You'd better not leave any cash around; she's known for her sticky fingers. This metaphor makes it seem as if valuables adhere naturally to a thief's fingers. [ ; late 1800s ]
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