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cat burglar

A thief who breaks into premises in very stealthy ways so as not to be detected, especially by climbing through upper windows, climbing across roofs, etc. The notorious cat burglar has so far robbed over a dozen homes in the area. In each case, the owners were home and had no idea someone had entered the building until the next morning.
See also: burglar, cat

time burglar

A person or thing that distracts or takes time from more useful or productive activities. I'm trying to catch up on work after being out sick, but my inbox is such a time burglar. I'll call my mom back later—she can be a real time burglar, and I need to finish up this essay.
See also: burglar, time
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REWARDS of up to PS1,000 are on offer for people who help police catch burglars.
Personal information, helpful to burglars, is being posted on social media accounts through status updates, photographs, and location tags according to home security company Safe Shop.
He surprised the burglar, who turned, shocked, and screamed: "I'm sorry, sir, I'm so sorry!"--then dove headfirst out the window.
Wood saidthe burglar has to be the world's dumbest criminal."
I have been planning to write about this topic for a long time, but I really did not dare to confess my feelings, which are scary and not humanistic at all, when it comes to deciding on a penalty for a burglar or a thief.
The resident acted as soon as he saw the burglar who was holding the shotgun look away.