- to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.
- to shoplift merchandise.
Origin of shoplift
Examples from the Web for shoplifting
Rioting, shoplifting, and violent confrontation with the police took place shortly thereafter.It’s Time to Hold Protesters Accountable
December 4, 2014
Now, news has broken that Lauten herself was arrested as a teen for shoplifting.Let’s Not Forget: We Were All Teenagers Once
December 1, 2014
A French sales clerk hovers over Mariame, as if assuming she is shoplifting because she is black and from the projects.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
It was as if the five were charged with fifty counts of shoplifting, and one of strangling a grandmother.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
There were jokes about Winston shoplifting crab legs earlier this year.Jameis Winston's Inevitable #epicfail
August 11, 2014
One of his detectives arrested her on a charge of shoplifting.The Third Degree
Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
He wanted me to talk the gang into shoplifting, but I wouldn't.The Scapegoat
"It's a wonder you weren't arrested for shoplifting," said Mr. Brief.Half-Hours with the Idiot
John Kendrick Bangs
In the same place with himself and another man mere was a woman very genteelly dressed, who had been committed for shoplifting.
It was old Dr. Blair, from Carmody, and he was looking at me as if he had found me shoplifting.Chronicles of Avonlea
Lucy Maud Montgomery
- the act of stealing goods from a shop during shopping hours
Word Origin and History for shoplifting
1690s, "stealing of goods from a shop;" see shoplifter.
also shop-lift, 1820, back-formation from shoplifting. Related: Shop-lifted.