- to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.
- to shoplift merchandise.
Origin of shoplift
First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from shoplifter
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Related Words for shopliftpilfer, burglarize, pinch, heist, swipe, snatch, lift, take, pillage, embezzle, loot, defraud
Examples from the Web for shoplift
Historical Examples of shoplift
If you've been hired to build a shoplift-proof store, you'd better know how to shoplift.
I'll bet he couldn't walk into a store without figuring out a way to shoplift.
also shop-lift, 1820, back-formation from shoplifting. Related: Shop-lifted.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper