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Language: Old English
Origin: theof

thief

noun
     
Related topics: Crime
thief plural thieves [countable]
SCC someone who steals things from another person or place [↪ theft, burglar, robber]:
Thieves broke into the offices and stole $150,000's worth of computer equipment.
They were nothing but petty thieves (=thieves who steal small things).

➔ be (as) thick as thieves

at thick1 (12)
WORD FOCUS: crime WORD FOCUS: crime
crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking

crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape

someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker
crime

See also
crime

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