pick (one's) pocket

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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
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Ross is the tireless jitterbug on defense and offense because he can pick your pocket off the dribble and break away for fast-break layups.
Voters face "a choice about whether you want a government that will find savings and not pick your pocket or with Labour a government that will pick your pocket, I think, on a pretty frequent basis", said Mr Cameron.
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The goal is not to pick your pocket, but to educate you and your friends about endangered wildlife.
If Muriel Belcher set the standard with her references to the Fuhrer as Miss Hitler; Bacon, known to Muriel as "daughter," had an exhilarating flair for scathing abuse and throwaway realism, as when, in the film, he sensibly warns Dyer against the predatory photographer John Deakin: "Don't let him pick your pocket while he's fiddling with your cock.
He was a very charming, fun, smack-you-on-the-back type of guy - smack you on the back with one hand, pick your pocket with the other,'' said Schaeffer one afternoon last week.
Have someone with you when you go to the cashpoint and don't let anyone pick your pocket or see your PIN number, and never leave your bag unattended or wallet lying loose on the table.
Organiser Cathy Roberts, of Bespoken Storytelling, tells Time Out: "These dodgers are unique - they do not pick your pockets, but instead hand out treats to put in them.