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sticky fingers

noun, Informal.
1.
a propensity to steal.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
Related forms
sticky-fingered
[stik-ee-fing-gerd] /ˈstɪk iˈfɪŋ gərd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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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+)
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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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