pickpocket

[ pik-pok-it ]
/ ˈpɪkˌpɒk ɪt /

noun

a person who steals money, wallets, etc., from thepockets of people, as in crowded public places.

verb (used with object)

to steal (a wallet, money, etc.) in the manner of a pickpocket.
to steal from (a person) in the manner of a pickpocket.

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Origin of pickpocket

First recorded in 1585–95; pick1 + pocket
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British Dictionary definitions for pickpocket

pickpocket
/ (ˈpɪkˌpɒkɪt) /

noun

a person who steals from the pockets or handbags of others in public places
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