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petty larceny

noun, Law.
larceny in which the value of the goods taken is below a certain legally specified amount.
Also, petit larceny.
Compare grand larceny.
Origin of petty larceny
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "I'll make a charge of petty larceny and disorderly conduct," says the cop, layin' the evidence on the desk.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • After all, that is nothing; petty larceny, six months at the most.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Here is just the opportunity for any one addicted to petty larceny.

    Vistas of New York Brander Matthews
  • Youre only a sort of petty larceny smuggler with your silver hair-brushes.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • We have no fear that the death penalty will be misused hereafter because men have been hung for petty larceny heretofore.

    The Galaxy Various
  • This bitter struggle in the thief's heart harmed his soul more than all the years of burglary and petty larceny.

  • They accuse him boldly of burglary or arson, or at the very least, of petty larceny.

    Diary in America, Series Two Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • I served six months for petty larceny in the penitentiary six years ago.

  • You are angry, perhaps irreparably incensed against me for this petty larceny.

  • Shortly after my return home he committed some act of petty larceny, so I gave him a beating with the whip he had carried home.

British Dictionary definitions for petty larceny

petty larceny

a variant spelling of petit larceny
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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