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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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." Reckless in the pursuit of a point, I immediately went and bought a copy of Windows XP to prove that acting morally is always cheaper than a guilty conscience.
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.
No one wants to believe that an employee would steal from the institution or its residents.