stealing products from a store while you shop

He's charged with shoplifting. He stole some cigarettes.

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  • Shoplifting — (also known as retail theft, or shrinkage within the retail industry) is theft of goods from a retail establishment by an ostensible patron. It is one of the most common crimes for police and courts. Fact|date=July 2008Most shoplifters are… …   Wikipedia

  • shoplifting — n. Stealing merchandise from a store. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008. shoplifting The crime of stealing goods from a retail store by a cust …   Law dictionary

  • 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] : • measures… …   Financial and business terms

  • Shoplifting — Shop lift ing, n. Larceny committed in a shop; the stealing of anything from a shop. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoplifting — 1690s; see SHOPLIFTER (Cf. shoplifter) …   Etymology dictionary

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

  • shoplifting — noun … OF SHOPLIFTING ▪ spate (esp. BrE) ▪ They installed cameras to halt a spate of shoplifting. SHOPLIFTING + NOUN ▪ spree (esp. BrE) ▪ They stole thousands of pounds worth of goods in a two day shoplifting …   Collocations dictionary

  • shoplifting —    ‘All property is theft’, Proudhon’s slogan of the French Revolution, became popular in the late 1960s. Until then, shoplifting was largely seen as a children’s activity. Suddenly those owning shops were designated enemies of ‘the people’, and… …   Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture

  • shoplifting — [[t]ʃɒ̱plɪftɪŋ[/t]] N UNCOUNT Shoplifting is stealing from a shop by hiding things in a bag or in your clothes. The grocer accused her of shoplifting and demanded to look in her bag... He admitted five shoplifting offences …   English dictionary

  • shoplifting — shop|lift|ing [ˈʃɔpˌlıftıŋ US ˈʃa:p ] n [U] the crime of stealing things from shops, for example by hiding them in a bag or under your clothes ▪ She had been falsely accused of shoplifting in a clothing store …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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