a propensity to steal.
- stick·y-fin·gered [stik-ee-fing-gerd], /ˈstɪk iˈfɪŋ gərd/, adjective
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How to use sticky fingers in a sentence
This is reaching back there, like the same year sticky fingers came out.
We tried to get raps, but were unsuccessful, except in getting noises from sticky fingers on the table.The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Tommy thoughtfully scratched his head with his sticky fingers.Toaster's Handbook | Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
The brat grew restless and wandered disconsolately around the room, leaving traces of sticky fingers everywhere.Wanted: A Cook | Alan Dale
In his sticky fingers the bridle-rein itched like so much poisoned ribbon.Little Eve Edgarton | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
More than that, I know why you were fired out of Maxwell's office; you've got sticky fingers.The Real Man | Francis Lynde
Other Idioms and Phrases with sticky fingers
A propensity to steal, as in You'd better not leave any cash around; she's known for her sticky fingers. This metaphor makes it seem as if valuables adhere naturally to a thief's fingers. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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