verb Etymology: back-formation from shoplifter Date: 1820 intransitive verb to steal displayed goods from a store transitive verb to steal (displayed goods) from a store

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  • shoplift — shop·lift / shäp ˌlift/ vi: to steal displayed goods from a store vt: to steal (displayed goods) from a store Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. shoplift …   Law dictionary

  • shoplift — [v] steal burglarize, carry off, defraud, embezzle, heist, hold up, lift*, loot, make off with*, pilfer, pillage, pinch*, rip off*, run off with*, snatch*, stick up*, swipe, take, walk off with*; concept 139 …   New thesaurus

  • shoplift — [shäp′lift΄] vt., vi. to steal articles from a store during shopping hours shoplifter [shäp′lif΄tər] n …   English World dictionary

  • shoplift — shoplifting shop‧lift‧ing [ˈʆɒpˌlɪftɪŋ ǁ ˈʆɑːp ] noun [uncountable] LAW the crime of taking something out of a shop without paying for it: • Shoplifting and robberies forced the company to spend heavily on security. shoplifter noun [countable] :… …   Financial and business terms

  • shoplift — verb a) To steal something from a shop / store during trading hours. 2004: She taught Maddy to sing in Portuguese, to shoplift mascara, to play a drinking game called Spoons mdash; Andrew Sean Greer, in The New Yorker, 17 May 2004 b) To steal… …   Wiktionary

  • shoplift — UK [ˈʃɒpˌlɪft] / US [ˈʃɑpˌlɪft] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms shoplift : present tense I/you/we/they shoplift he/she/it shoplifts present participle shoplifting past tense shoplifted past participle shoplifted to steal something from… …   English dictionary

  • shoplift — /shop lift /, v.t. 1. to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter. v.i. 2. to shoplift merchandise. [1810 20; back formation from SHOPLIFTER] * * * …   Universalium

  • shoplift — /ˈʃɒplɪft / (say shoplift) verb (t) 1. to steal (goods) from a shop while appearing to be a legitimate shopper. –verb (i) 2. to be engaged in this activity. {backformation from shoplifter} …   Australian English dictionary

  • shoplift — shoplifting ► NOUN ▪ the theft of goods from a shop by someone pretending to be a customer. DERIVATIVES shoplift verb shoplifter noun …   English terms dictionary

  • shoplift — Synonyms and related words: abstract, and, annex, appropriate, bag, boost, borrow, cop, crib, defraud, embezzle, extort, filch, hook, lift, make off with, nick, nip, palm, pilfer, pinch, poach, purloin, rip off, run away with, rustle, scrounge,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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