- a person who steals money, wallets, etc., from the pockets of people, as in crowded public places.
- to steal (a wallet, money, etc.) in the manner of a pickpocket.
- to steal from (a person) in the manner of a pickpocket.
Origin of pickpocket
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Examples from the Web for pickpocket
Stolen features a pickpocket with a cleavage to kill for who gets caught and has to return a wallet.
Her one relation was a brother of high standing as a pickpocket.Within the Law
When there is no more to be got out of them, he turns burglar or pickpocket, or robs a temple.The Republic
More likely because the old chap has no watch and chain for the pickpocket to steal.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
In the grandest scale he is called a financier; in the meanest, a pickpocket.The Story of the Barbary Corsairs
"Crowd chasing a pickpocket, I imagine," said Trencher indifferently.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
- a person who steals from the pockets or handbags of others in public places
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Word Origin and History for pickpocket
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