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sneak thief

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sneak thief a thief who steals without using violence
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Usage

In literature:

He's a sneak thief of considerable intelligence who gave me the sign as I was pretending to leave for that call on my old friend.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
They were stolen by a sneak thief from my private files.
"Theft" by Jack London
Only a sneak thief would try and cut for it.
"Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Instead of that, he stole them after the manner that a sneak thief picks a pocket.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
He was a sneak thief, and made it his business to get Southern men into trouble.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Out with you, like a sneak-thief that you are!
"The Devil" by Joseph O'Brien
More than that, he has the sly and stealthy manners of the sneak-thief and the brigand.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
It was for the wife I came, sneaking up here like a thief.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
He was caught in the hall by that Italian next door, who thought he was a sneak thief.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
Like a sneak-thief, too, emerges a shock-headed navigator in his shirt-sleeves.
"With The Night Mail" by Rudyard Kipling
Rod did not mean to lie quietly there and allow this sneak-thief time to rummage around.
"The Big Five Motorcycle Boys on the Battle Line" by Ralph Marlow
Besides, by what right do you question my method of getting rid of a sneak thief?
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
You're not a sneak and a thief.
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
The sneak thief, the burglar and the robber were conspicuous by their absence.
"Memoirs of Orange Jacobs" by Orange Jacobs
Then came a lean-faced, weasel-eyed creature with the general expression of a sneak thief.
"Rosemary and Rue" by Amber
There was a Russo-Armenian, a sneak-thief, and he robbed an Indian officer of some tobacco.
"A Prisoner in Turkey" by John Still
A sneak-thief was looked upon with contempt, and considered the very essence of abomination.
"If Any Man Sin" by H. A. Cody
Here, the first thing, Dale was acting the part of a sneak and a thief.
"Airship Andy" by Frank V. Webster
I went down stairs to see what had happened, and found him sneaking in the back gate like a thief.
"Six One-Act Plays" by Margaret Scott Oliver
See yon shallop, shyly sailing along; she sneaks like a thief wishing, as it were, to shun the very light of heaven.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon
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In news:

Glaucoma has been called the "sneak thief" of vision with an estimated 2.2 million Americans having the condition but only half of those know they have it.
An experimental Justice Department program has police departments collecting DNA evidence in nonviolent crimes for the first time, so a single stray hair can lock up a casual sneak thief.
Eye Experts Describe Untreated Glaucoma as the "Sneak Thief of Sight".
Glaucoma has been called the "sneak thief" of vision with an estimated 2.2 million Americans having the condition but only half of those know they have it.
Leonardo DiCaprio portrays a thief who sneaks into dreams in Inception .
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