pick (one's) pocket

pick (one's) pocket

1. To steal money or other valuables out of someone's pocket, purse, backpack, etc. You have to be very mindful of your belongings in this city, as someone will pick your pocket the moment you aren't paying attention. My phone is missing! Someone must have picked my pocket!
2. To steal money from someone through deception or exploitation. You have to be very mindful of your belongings in this city, as someone will pick your pocket the moment you aren't paying attention. My phone is missing! Someone must have picked my pocket!
See also: pick, pocket

pick somebody’s ˈpocket

steal money or other things from somebody’s pocket without them realizing: I can’t find my wallet. I think somebody’s picked my pocket!If she’s not careful she’ll get her pocket picked. ▶ ˈpickpocket noun a person who picks pockets: Be careful of pickpockets when you’re on the underground in London.
See also: pick, pocket