View synonyms for shoplift


[ shop-lift ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.

verb (used without object)

  1. to shoplift merchandise.

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Other Words From

  • anti·shoplifting adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of shoplift1

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from shoplifter

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Example Sentences

It’s a lot harder to shoplift by pretending to scan an item when the cart is watching and making a record of what goes in and out.

As is shown in the series, he drank too much and shoplifted hundreds of dollars worth of items, among other erratic behaviors.

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She says she continues to shoplift — something she’d never done before the pandemic — every few weeks.

We stole bikes, shoplifted and caused vast amounts of property damage.

From Ozy

Whenever she felt the urge to shoplift, for example, she forced herself to write a song.

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I'll bet he couldn't walk into a store without figuring out a way to shoplift.

If you've been hired to build a shoplift-proof store, you'd better know how to shoplift.


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