• Steal. N.A. Indian
    Steal. N.A. Indian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stealing the act of taking something from someone unlawfully "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"
    • n stealing avoiding detection by moving carefully
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Jack tries to steal the money-bags Jack tries to steal the money-bags
Taffy stealing Taffy stealing
Knave stealing tarts Knave stealing tarts

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pepper was sold as individual grains during the Elizabethan times. The guards at the London docks had to sew up their pockets so they would not steal any of the pepper
    • Stealing That which is stolen; stolen property; -- chiefly used in the plural.
    • Stealing The act of taking feloniously the personal property of another without his consent and knowledge; theft; larceny.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A surfer once sued another surfer for "stealing his wave." The case was thrown out because the court was unable to put a price on "pain and suffering" endured by the surfer watching someone else ride "his" wave
    • n stealing The act of one who steals; theft.
    • n stealing That which is stolen; stolen property: used chiefly in the plural: as, his stealings amounted to thousands of dollars.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Amazon ants (red ants found in the western U.S.) steal the larvae of other ants to keep as slaves. The slave ants build homes for and feed the Amazon ants, who cannot do anything but fight. They depend completely on their slaves for survival.
    • n Stealing the act of taking another's property without his knowledge or consent: stolen property
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  • Doris Lessing
    “Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.”
  • Dexter Yager
    Dexter Yager
    “Don't ever let anyone steal your dreams.”
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “A good composer does not imitate; he steals.”
  • B. B. King
    B. B. King
    “I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.”
  • Gregory Nunn
    Gregory Nunn
    “The right man, in the right place, at the right time, can steal millions.”
  • Wendell Phillips
    “Power is every stealing from the many to the few.”


A steal - If something is a steal, it costs much less than it is really worth.
Steal a march - This expression indicates the stealthiness of a person over another to gain advantage of the situation. For instance, if two persons are offered some jobs which are vacant, they resolve to go together next day at an agreed time, but one of them, without telling the other, goes earlier than the other and secures the better of the two jobs, he is said to steal a march on the other person.
Steal someone's thunder - If someone steals your thunder, they take the credit and praise for something you did.
Steal the show - If you steal the show, you act or do so well in a performance that you get most of the attention.


In literature:

When I've done a nice decent thing, I don't care whether I'm found out or not; but then I didn't steal.
"Three People" by Pansy
I remember that well, for it was a day when I was secretly plotting to take advantage of my master's absence to steal up to Kilgorman.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
Come on, and bring a big stick: there's some boys stealing the pears.
"Brownsmith's Boy" by George Manville Fenn
I don't say it's the thing to steal 'em; but who would steal?
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
We couldn't steal the boat.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
Well, I guess I would steal too before I starved to death, but I ain't had to steal yet.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
One day the shadow of death that was stealing southward passed over the house containing so much life, and happiness, and wealth, and beauty.
"The Ape, the Idiot & Other People" by W. C. Morrow
I don't steal motor-cars.
"Theft" by Jack London
And it's true I did steal once, or almost the same thing as steal.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Oh, if Ernest and Dick could only steal in now!
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie

In poetry:

When the long day goes by
And I do not see your face,
The old wild, restless sorrow
Steals from its hiding place.
"Ebb Tide" by Sara Teasdale
Thus let me live, unheard, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me dye;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lye.
"Solitude" by Alexander Pope
And Baghdad darken and the bridge
Across the silent river gone
And through Arabia the edge
Of evening widen and steal on
"You, Andrew Marvell" by Archibald MacLeish
Not unregarding can I see
Her soul with grief opprest:
But let no sighs, no groans for me,
Steal from her pensive breast.
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
The dream fell on him one calm summer night,
Stealing amid the waving of the corn,
That waited, golden, for the harvest morn--
The dream fell on him through the still moonlight.
"The Sculptor" by Walter Richard Cassels
And it's wonderful how o'er the gray sky-track
The truant warbler comes stealing back.
But why need he come? for your soul's at rest,
And the song in the heart,--ah, that is best.
"Just Whistle A Bit" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

The band was so poor that they had to steal their first PA system from a local high school.
Thieves are targeting women at gas stations by stealing purses as their owners are filling up their tanks.
Woman brazenly steals $5,000 wedding dress.
New Bremen man accused of stealing meds from Lowville home.
Police say they have caught the man who was stealing broken down cars in Berks and Lancaster Counties.
Tow truck driver accused of stealing broken down cars.
Man steals from Brownsville home and is found naked and intoxicated.
Police say Ted Rose found someone trying to steal his truck on 3rd Avenue Tuesday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Wednesday with the Millenium Challenge Corporation to decide whether to cancel US aid in response to the leftist leader's alleged attempts to steal elections.
Machine rigged to steal debit card information from customers.
We start out with the Grinch by a Christmas tree and a train getting ready to steal Christmas from the Who's.
On one side are the homes' operators, a group of businessmen who include a disgraced lawyer and a state senator's husband who went unpunished by state officials despite stealing money from residents, court records show.
Instead, the lefty-hitting, lefty-throwing den Dekker ultimately began in Class A St Lucie, where he hit.296 with six homers and 12 steals in 267 at-bats.
Wall scored 29 points and added 9 steals in his Verizon Center regular season debut.
I love this town, and I am sad that people steal other kids' bikes.

In science:

The various – and often irrelevant – channels are “stealing” a priori weights from each other and from the good, relevant channels.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Sherrington, Stealing the Gold— A Celebration of the Pioneering Physics of Sam Edwards (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2004). See, e.g., M. M´ezard, G.
Cavity Approach to the Random Solid State
To avoid spurious evaluations, we are going to steal a standard trick1 from functional programming2 and use currying to solve our problems.
A canonical form for some piecewise defined functions
Stealing the gold: a celebration of the pioneering physics of Sam Edwards, P. M.
Entropy of jammed matter
These devices are put in a stainless steal chamber with a gas/vacuum port, therefore, when the gas spoils, we can replace the gas and we can also exchange the other components. 1 atm of Ar+10%C2H6 mixture gas was loaded and the chamber was sealed during this measurement.
Development of a large area gas photomultiplier with GEM/$\mu$PIC