have (one's) hand in the till(redirected from have their hands in the till)
have (one's) hand in the till
To be stealing money from one's workplace or employer. Margaret had her hand in the till for years, but she finally got caught after she claimed her two-week trip to Paris as a business expense.
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have one's hand in the tilland have one's finger(s) in the till
Fig. to steal money from one's employer. James couldn't afford that car on just his salary. He must have his hand in the till. Sally was outraged when she found that one of her salesclerks had his fingers in the till.
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have your hand in the tillor
have your fingers in the tillmainly BRITISH
If someone has their hand in the till or has their fingers in the till, they are stealing from their employer or from an organization they are involved with. Thirteen company directors were found with their hands in the till in the first quarter of this year. There are rumours that a number of officials have had their fingers in the till. Note: You can also talk about people being caught or found with their hands in the till or with their fingers in the till. He got caught with his fingers in the till once too often. Note: The usual American expression is catch someone with their hand in the cookie jar.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
have your ˌfingers/ˌhand in the ˈtill(British English, informal) steal, especially small amounts of money from a shop/store, business, etc. where you work: He lost his job after they found he’d had his hand in the till.
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