pilfer from (someone or something)

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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 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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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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pilfered

(ˈpɪlfɚd)
mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’ve had too much. I’m beginning to feel pilfered.
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References in classic literature ?
My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated, did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it.
Mr Kwabena Ohemeng-Tinyase, Member of Parliament (MP) for KadeConstituency, has indicated that inadequate medicines at Community-Based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compounds is a result of pilfering from the top.
In the US, the drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death and the prescription drugs are the number one gateway to heroin addiction and have become the most commonly abused substances among 12 and 13-year-olds, with pilfering from family medicine cabinets the leading source for teen abuse.
Chief Insp Ken Unwin, of Stafford police, said there had been several reports of pilfering from the Granada M6 motorway service station near the site.
Many teenagers said pilfering from chain stores was okay because it did not target individuals.