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shoplift

[shop-lift]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to shoplift merchandise.
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Origin of shoplift

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from shoplifter
Related formsan·ti·shop·lift·ing, adjective
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shoplifting

noun
  1. the act of stealing goods from a shop during shopping hours
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Word Origin and History for shoplifting

n.

1690s, "stealing of goods from a shop;" see shoplifter.

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shoplift

v.

also shop-lift, 1820, back-formation from shoplifting. Related: Shop-lifted.

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