with (one's) hand in the cookie jar

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with (one's) hand in the cookie jar

In the act or attempt of some wrongdoing, especially one involving bribery or the illicit exploitation of one's position of power or authority. The senator was long accused of insider trading, and he was finally caught with his hand in the cookie jar when his conversation with a Wall Street executive was leaked to the media. The new tax legislation is an attempt to close the loopholes that have allowed companies with their hands in the cookie jar to go unpunished for so many years.
See also: cookie, hand, jar

with your hand in the cookie jar

engaged in surreptitious theft from your employer. North American informal
See also: cookie, hand, jar
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If they hadn't been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, they would all still be at it - but worse.
NOW our MPs have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, with the expenses fiasco, they seem to be breaking their necks to say how sorry they are.
Jay Gordon Seiden, a partner with Seiden, Stempel, Bennett & D'Agostino, who litigated the case, said: "We caught the city with their hands in the cookie jar." Seiden said that although the primary beneficiaries of the lawsuit will be individual unit owners, which could number as many as 20,000, developers will be impacted where they own unsold units.
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