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thieve

[theev] /θiv/
verb (used with object), thieved, thieving.
1.
to take by theft; steal.
verb (used without object), thieved, thieving.
2.
to act as a thief; commit theft; steal.
Origin
950
before 950; Old English thēofian, derivative of theōf thief (not recorded in ME)
Related forms
thievingly, adverb
outthieve, verb (used with object), outthieved, outthieving.
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Examples for thieving
  • Such incidents are not so surprising in a lucrative trade marred by thieving, swindling and espionage.
  • Better to move them all and leave their thieving, killing members to themselves and their pirate ships.
  • Others want to keep their money safe from expropriation by fickle governments, and hidden from thieving criminals.
  • She is the former head of two regimes that were both dissolved amid allegations of huge thieving.
  • If we're talking some dictator who is thieving from his people, the problem has nothing to do with taxation.
  • When thieving managers become investors, they prefer stability to anarchy.
  • It's petty, mean-spirited, paperclip-thieving greed.
  • No people's severance pay will be confiscated but that of thieving lib-lab politicians and their network and you know that.
  • The sooner they get of that thieving madman and his brood the better.
  • Thoughts of thieving are replaced by plans for revenge.
British Dictionary definitions for thieving

thieve

/θiːv/
verb
1.
to steal (someone's possessions)
Derived Forms
thievery, noun
Word Origin
Old English thēofian, from thēofthief

thieving

/ˈθiːvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
given to stealing other people's possessions
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Word Origin and History for thieving

thieve

v.

Old English þeofian, from þeof (see thief). Rare in Old English, not common until 17c. Thieving first attested 1520s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for thieving

thieving

adjective

Inclined to steal: thieving piece of crap (1598+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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