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pilfer from (someone or something)

1. To steal from someone, something, or some group, especially in a furtive or deceptive manner. The CEO was caught pilfering from the company's pension funds. I have no doubt the school has been pilfering from its students. I heard Tom and Janet's daughter has been pilfering from them lately.
2. To steal something from someone, something, or some group in small amounts, especially in a furtive or deceptive manner. I've been pilfering a few dollars from my parents at a time, so I doubt they'll notice. I guess Tom had been pilfering office supplies from the company for years before he was finally caught.
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pilfer from someone or something

to steal from someone or a group. The petty thief had pilfered from several merchants in town. Someone has pilfered from the petty-cash drawer.
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pilfer something from someone or something

to steal something from someone or something. Did you pilfer this money from your parents? Who pilfered some money from the cash box?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’ve had too much. I’m beginning to feel pilfered.
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The accused in the pilferage racket had used the premises of the nearby HPCL depot, pointed out Gupta.
The measurement of tax pilferage is inherently difficult both because of its illegal nature, requiring secrecy, and because of conceptual problems.
Special Assistant for Petroleum Division Nadeem Babar briefed the Prime Minister about the successes achieved so far in the campaign against gas pilferage. He said eighteen thousand gas connections were removed over the last two months of the elements involved in gas pilferage.
Talking to Minister for Power Omar Ayub and Special Assistant Nadeem Babar, who called on him in Islamabad, the prime minister said that those involved in gas and power pilferage should be exposed before the masses.
The minister said that action has been taken against the power pilferage. 30,000 cases were registered and about 3000 people involved in the pilferage were sent behind the bars.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan on Monday warned of strict actions against power pilferage.
KARACHI -- A banking court on Wednesday directed the complainants to provide copies of documentary evidence against suspects involved in alleged pilferage of Rs11 billion worth of sugar stocks.
The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) yesterday warned Overseas Filipino Workers to take extra care of valuables in their check-in baggage because of syndicates involved in pilferage.
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AN OIL pilferage attempt that went wrong may have sparked the massive fire at the Indian Oil Corporation ( IOC) depot near Jaipur.
PESHAWAR -- Following directive issued by Chief Executive PESCO drive against power pilferage and recovery of dues has been geared up throughout the Province.
PESCO Surveillance Wapda House Teams under the supervision of Additional Chief Engineer Muhammad Naeem Khan checked different areas of ShahiBagh sub division of Peshawar Circle and nabbed 64 domestic and commercial connections for power pilferage.
In his tweet, the minister said the first information reports (FIRs) have been registered against more than 20,000 people on charges of power pilferage, while at least 2,000 persons including 500 government employees were rounded up in the country wide campaign.