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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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Circle where 1997 power pilferers were nabbed red handed.
As per details, the teams caught 2,472 power pilferers from Multan circle and fine worth Rs103 million was imposed.
He said that no leniency would be shown towards the pilferers or any official of the GEPCO involved in this nefarious activity.
The electricity supply meters of these pilferers were removed from the sites whereas heavy fine of Rs.29,85,723/- was imposed on them by sending them detection bills of 46,73,934 units, he added.
The teams recovered Rs 36 million from power pilferers.
The power pilferers with the help of other people started threatening the team when they tried to seize wires, motor and transformer being used in pilfering electricity.
According to the senior Gepco officials, police have registered 463 separate cases against power pilferers in Sialkot district; 415 cases in Narowal district; 151 in Gujrat district; 197 cases in Mandi Bahauddin district, 256 cases in Hafizabad district and 706 separate cases were registered against accused consumers in Gujranwala district.
Spokesman further told that in Jhang circle, FESCO teams checked 22,985 electricity connections and nabbed 954 power pilferers. Detection bills of 519,858 units were issued to them besides imposing a fine of Rs.8.337 million and getting FIRs registered against 84 accused.
FESCO spokesman Tahir Sheikh said here Sunday that the company teams caught 13 power pilferers from Faisalabad-I Circle, 25 from Faisalabad-II Circle, 63 from Jhang Circle and 98 from Sargodha Circle.
He asked the masses to keep an eye on the power pilferers and inform police if they locate anyone involved in this crime.
MULTAN -- The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) staff caught 87 power pilferers during an
MULTAN -- The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) imposed a fine of Rs 1.6 million on 54 pilferers during a crackdown in the region here on Saturday.
conducted operation against power pilferers in suburban areas of the city
MULTAN -- The joint task forces of police, the district administration and the Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) caught on Friday 139 power pilferers red handed and imposed fine worth over Rs4.3 million on them besides getting registered 16 cases.
MULTAN -- :The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) caught 103 pilferers during an operations in South