steal off

steal off (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 off the government. After they caught their youngest son stealing money off them to pay for drugs, they had him shipped off to boarding school. A group of bandits has been stealing supplies off travelers that pass through the region.
See also: off, steal

steal something off someone

to rob something from someone. I think that guy who walked past me stole my wallet off me! Max stole a lot of money off tourists last season.
See also: off, steal
References in classic literature ?
A fox, startled from his sleep by her light footstep on the leaves, looked inquisitively at Pearl, as doubting whether it were better to steal off, or renew his nap on the same spot.
You steal off to America, thinking I am in England, and behave like this.
But it was the Hotshots' defense that got things done as they preserved their 82-78 lead against the rampaging Batang Pier in the final minute, with Barroca securing the steal off a Romeo turnover in the final minute before he drilled the insurance freebies in the end game.
Mum saw it and grabbed his hand, threw it off and said 'don't you ever steal off my mother'.
Thomas Bosc tagged on both conversions and Catalan made it 14-0 with a Bosc penalty for Cudjoe's illegal ball steal off the dangerous Anderson.
The 6-foot-1 guard started in place of the injured Sol Mercado (groin) and made a key defensive stop with a steal off a Beau Belga pass intended for import Alex McLean and then scored in transition for an easy lay-up, 107-104, with 44.
Sophomore Gustave Koumare had 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal off the bench, while former Quabbin Regional star Christian Horton had 7 rebounds, 3 points, 3 steals and 2 assists for Nichols.
How could he steal off me and other elderly people who trusted him?
It's one thing to take off the pub, but to steal off charity is just disgusting.
The good news for Wales is that they held their own well in the set piece against a traditionally strong Springbok unit, with a 100 per cent success rate on their own line-out and a notable steal off the South Africans' throw.
He ploughed all the money he could into the bandits, from part time jobs he was holding down and started to steal off his dad to feed his addiction.
Then came the steal off Redick and the ensuing free throws.
They virtually sealed the win with roughly five minutes to play in the match when they made a key steal off a poor Bahraini attack, scoring on the fast break for a 28-22 lead.
I see these people as an easy target for the police with over sensitive noses, much easier than sorting out teenagers who beat up pensioners and thugs who steal off women in broad daylight.