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pick (one's) pocket

1. To steal money or other valuables out of one'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 one through deception or exploitation. I feel like every time I go to get my car fixed, they pick my pocket just because I don't know anything about cars. Tired of having your bank pick your pocket with hidden fees? Try us and see the difference.
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
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ASI Rai Imran from Karachi Company Police arrested pick pocket Sharafat Ali and recovered Rs55,000 from him.
Seven-year-old Thomas Moran witnesses the devastation and takes advantage of the chaos to begin his career as a pick pocket. For years he travels across America, perfecting his craft and observing the country's descent into the Great Depression.
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They said the pick pockets deprived him of Rs 0.1 million worth of cash that he was carrying in the pocket of his trouser.
After hectic and day and night professional efforts, team succeeded to apprehend a gang of four pick pockets and recovered stolen mobiles and cash worth Rs.
TWENTY members of a Fagin-style Roma gang who sent children out to pick pockets in Paris have been jailed.
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From pick pockets to online scams to credit card skimming, identity thieves are on the prowl to take advantage of consumers who are too busy to look out for them.
"He would tell me sometimes he would pick pockets," the woman said.
"This initiative will aim to pass on the message of being safe during the Christmas period and to be aware of pick pockets and security, both in the home and in vehicles."
PCSO Beckman said: "The project is aimed at raising awareness and getting young people involved in reducing pick pockets in their communities.
POLICE are warning shoppers to be on their guard after pick pockets targeted pensioners in two Midland towns.