pickpocket

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pickpocket a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pickpocket One who steals purses or other articles from pockets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pickpocket One who picks pockets; one who steals, or makes a practice of stealing, from the pockets of others.
    • n pickpocket A plant, chiefly the shepherd's-purse: so called from its impoverishing the soil. Also pickpurse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pickpocket one who picks or steals from other people's pockets
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Quotations

  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Rodney Dangerfield
    “If it weren't for pickpockets, I'd have no sex life at all.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Celt., as Gael. pioc, to pick, W. pigo; cf. Pike.

Usage

In literature:

And there is no confusion, no accident, no trouble, there are no drunken men and no pickpockets.
"Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1" by Francis Marion Crawford
Do guard against a profusion of slang that would do credit to a pickpocket.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
He's a pickpocket or a confidence man.
"Against Odds" by Lawrence L. Lynch
She found her worst fears confirmed; her father was standing under the pear tree and abusing the poor man like a pickpocket.
"The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2" by Various
He was passing sentence upon a pickpocket, and ordering a punishment common at that time.
"Law and Laughter" by George Alexander Morton
The gentleman said of course some pickpocket had taken it.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
If she writes back she'll abuse me like a pickpocket, anyway.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
He is probably a professional pickpocket.
"Mark Mason's Victory" by Horatio Alger
Are you aware, Mr. Bumpkin, that we pay a judge five thousand a-year to try a pickpocket?
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
Nobody can catch a laugh in a crowd; it is as evasive as a pickpocket.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
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In poetry:

The Derby Day sun glittered gaily on cads,
On maidens with gamboge hair,
On sharpers and pickpockets, swindlers and pads,
(For I, with my harp, was there).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Steal this art education with the Pickpocket Almanack.
The biggest problem is pickpockets who prey on tourists outside the Museum of Anthropology, pretending to help guide visitors to taxis or buses.
Man arrested in pickpocket spree.
And the Artful Dodger, leader of a band of youthful pickpockets.
Tony Lucia's Movie House : TV Cinematheque: "Pickpocket".
Crime, punishment and redemption: Martin LaSalle in Robert Bresson's "Pickpocket".
Dublin police say formal charges have been filed against two women accused of being involved in a pickpocket ring in Dublin and Columbus in October 2010.
Pickpocket steals $3,000 from elderly man in Juniata.
Authorities say a pickpocket was caught on survellience video stealing $3,000 from an elderly man in a Juniata Park market.
Belichick is NFL's master draft pickpocket .
Freeland ' pickpocket ' vanishes.
It was the case of the phantom pickpocket in Freeland.
This is perhaps Pocket PickPocket 's coolest feature.
I tested all of Pocket PickPocket 's features by connecting my Compaq iPAQ to an Ethernet network, and for the most part (there are still some bugs that need to be fixed), the software works well.
Pickpockets prey on shuttle bus riders.
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In science:

Perhaps more importantly, the mere knowledge that an A/V recording is, or might be, being made is a powerful disincentive to crime and abuse of power on all scales, depriving pickpockets and war criminals alike of the confidence that their misdeeds will go unrecorded and therefore unpunished.
Improvements to time bracketed authentication
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