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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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mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’ve had too much. I’m beginning to feel pilfered.
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It is staggering that such a degree of staff pilfering at the Asda store could continue for so long Recorder Stephen Bedford
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police approached a heavily fortified cabin in the winter of 1932, and tried to arrest a lone-wolf trapper accused of pilfering a homesteader's traplines.
A Metropolitan Police worker has been sacked after being accused of pilfering more than pounds 190,000 from the service.
Women topped the light-fingered league - pilfering everything from soap and shampoo to phone directories, bedding and clocks.
Although we focused on the controls maintained over donated property, our observations lead us to believe that there is an inherent weakness in property management in general," stated the inspector general's report, which concluded that the district's complete lack of inventory controls "encourages the potential for pilfering.
Oscar Espinosa Villareal, a former Mexico City mayor who is accused of pilfering some US$45 million in public funds during his term, was sitting in a Nicaraguan jail at press time, awaiting extradition.
The collective price tag, which includes falsifying expense reports and time sheets, pilfering office supplies and taking inventory, is over $120 billion annually.
But when they become active and take matters in their own hands to redress flagrant abuses and exploitation, the peasantry is described as engaged in petty theft, petty pilfering, fraud, and other criminal activity, "to attain the rather pedestrian goal of secure subsistence" (pp.
Police said on Monday that Irrigation Task force of Sahiwal Sub-Division headed by SDO Mohammad Akhtar along with police conducted a grand operation at Mobary Khan, Denar, Mubhary wala, Habibpur, Sahiba Balochan and Noorpur Khokharan villages and arrested 28 farmers for pilfering canal water.
The LESCO, distributor company of Ministry of Water and Power Kasur region has sent surplus electricity bill worth Rs 3 billion to owners of tube well and collected to show its outstanding performance and hide the power pilfering in the region.
3 raided more than 60 chambers of local advocates in the Judicial Complex for pilfering electricity after getting direct connections from the poles.
The investigative agency had arrested five IOC employees, including the depot's operation officers Lekhraj Singh and Shiv Kumar Sharma, for pilfering away 2.
Pritchard, whose pilfering spree lasted seven months, finally confessed - by email.