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pickpocket

[pik-pok-it] /ˈpɪkˌpɒk ɪt/
noun
1.
a person who steals money, wallets, etc., from the pockets of people, as in crowded public places.
verb (used with object)
2.
to steal (a wallet, money, etc.) in the manner of a pickpocket.
3.
to steal from (a person) in the manner of a pickpocket.
Origin of pickpocket
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; pick1 + pocket
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  • Her one relation was a brother of high standing as a pickpocket.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • When there is no more to be got out of them, he turns burglar or pickpocket, or robs a temple.

    The Republic Plato
  • More likely because the old chap has no watch and chain for the pickpocket to steal.

  • In the grandest scale he is called a financier; in the meanest, a pickpocket.

  • "Crowd chasing a pickpocket, I imagine," said Trencher indifferently.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • "Say, boss, they've caught the pickpocket—if that's what he was," he cried out excitedly.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • The pickpocket plied his trade, only he was then a cutpurse.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • His fingers trembled as if they were a pickpocket's near a purse of gold.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

    Ford Madox Ford
  • "I am no pickpocket," exclaimed the thief, as soon as he saw the officer had him.

    Halsey & Co. H. K. Shackleford
British Dictionary definitions for pickpocket

pickpocket

/ˈpɪkˌpɒkɪt/
noun
1.
a person who steals from the pockets or handbags of others in public places
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Word Origin and History for pickpocket
n.

also pick-pocket, 1590s, from pick (v.) + pocket (n.). Earlier was pick-purse (late 14c.). As a verb from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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