steal from

steal from (someone or something)

To take (money or property) from someone, some group, some institution, etc., illegally or without their knowledge or consent. A noun or pronoun can be used between "steal" and "from" to specify what is being stolen. People who sign onto social welfare when they don't really need it are just stealing from the government. After they caught their youngest son stealing money from them to pay for drugs, they had him shipped off to boarding school. Sarah has been accused of stealing food from the school cafeteria.
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steal something from someone or something

to take the property belonging to someone or something without permission; to commit the theft of something from someone or something. Max stole $50 from Henry. Lefty stole an apple from the fruit stand.
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steal from someone or something

to rob someone or something. You wouldn't steal from a poor man, would you? Max didn't feel bad about stealing from a bank.
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I would help them buy a bouquet of flowers for their loved one, but please don't steal from mine,'' she said.
The author makes the point that one of the difficulties in preventing fraud is the problem of trying to predict who will steal from you.
We're just taking back what he and his evil monopoly steal from us.
For example, most people who steal from their employers are never caught.
Once used primarily by retail businesses, there are now honesty tests designed exclusively for the nursing home to assess the likelihood that an applicant will steal from his or her employer.
This particular group has realized that there are many locations with projects under construction and that it would be lucrative to steal from these sites and sell the products,'' said Glendale Sgt.
No one wants to believe that an employee would steal from the institution or its residents.
Hey, it's difficult for adults to understand how people can get so low as to scrape the bottom of the barrel and steal from an elementary kid's education.
They were just kids from the highlands, as it's called in my community, coming down to steal from my kid in the flatlands.