• Two Thieves with Sack
    Two Thieves with Sack
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj thieving given to thievery
    • n thieving the act of taking something from someone unlawfully "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"
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  • Proverb
    “Great thieves punish little ones.”
  • Francois Rabelais
    Francois Rabelais
    “He has 63 ways of getting money, the most common and most honorable ones being stealing, thieving, and robbing.”
  • Gaelic Proverb
    Gaelic Proverb
    “Carelessness is worse than a thieve.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.”
  • Seneca
    “The pleasures of the palate deal with us like the Egyptian thieves, who strangle those whom they embrace.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Office without pay makes thieves.”


Honor among thieves - If someone says there is honor among thieves, this means that even corrupt or bad people sometimes have a sense of honor or integrity, or justice, even if it is skewed. ('Honour among thieves' is the British English version.)


In literature:

It ain't thieves and robbers, is it?
"The Iron Horse" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the den of thieves, you know.
"Theft" by Jack London
Regular band o' thieves, they are.
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
They call all Gypsies thieves.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
To call them thieves and murderers is to flatter them.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
You men are thieves, smugglers, Tories, aren't you?
"The Liberty Boys Running the Blockade" by Harry Moore
They are all adroit thieves, and noted as such.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
I once had a narrow escape from the thieves of Cruces.
"Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands" by Mary Seacole
They talk about cattle thieves!
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
The most annoying part of it all was that when the puddin'-thieves did make their appearance they weren't disguised at all.
"The Magic Pudding" by Norman Lindsay

In poetry:

Under a midnight stone
Love was buried by thieves;
The robbed heart begs for a bone,
The damned rustle like leaves.
"Eyes Look Into The Well" by W H Auden
Not the malicious or profane,
The wanton or the proud,
Nor thieves, nor sland'rers, shall obtain
Tue kingdom of our God.
"Hymn 104" by Isaac Watts
No matter when or how they come,
Though I know they are thieves.
The heart's door is always open,
And gladly does receive.
"Heart Thieves. I John, 3:18" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Wi' murderers he did agree,
To help them wi' a cruelty.
He likewise did the thieves enlist,
In time o' need they might assist;
"Address To Satan" by Susannah Hawkins
There is a band of little thieves,
That often 'round me dart,
And like the wind that takes the leaves,
They steal away my heart.
"Heart Thieves. I John, 3:18" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And when the heart lays down to sleep,
While in a pensive dream,
These little thieves around it creep,
And makes the rest serene.
"Heart Thieves. I John, 3:18" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio district is considering whether to resume a program that allowed students to take home school-issued tablet computers but was curbed after some students were targeted by thieves.
Thieves took oil from behind Buddakan on Chestnut Street.
Car thieves drag man for blocks.
Two of the vans owned by the York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs that were vandalized by thieves over the weekend.
Article "Copper Thieves Hit Electric Co mpany Substation" Is Not Available At This Time.
In Montgomery County, thieves have been ripping off copper from area substations and the ongoing caper has caused shockwaves, in more ways than one.
Based on information that Hoard's Dairyman has learned from four of the five victims, the thief or thieves know exactly what they are looking for — high-priced semen and embryos .
Thieves steal (or steal from) about 10 of every thousand Escalades on the road.
VIN Etching Can Deter Thieves.
When the VIN number etchings are applied, thieves will see the etched windows and think twice about stealing your vehicle.
As a result of the etching , thieves will have to replace every piece of glass on your vehicle before illegally selling it.
Thieves Exploited Security Flaw to Steal Monets, Picasso.
The neighbors set up cameras to catch the thieves in the act.
In a brazen mid-morning robbery, thieves stole five paintings worth $2 million from the Pretoria Art Museum in South Africa's capital.
"Big money draws thieves as much as a cow patty draws flies".

In science:

Noble. Samsara: honor among thieves in peerto-peer storage. in ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles. 2003. R. Kotla, L. Alvisi, and M. Dahlin. SafeStore: A Durable and Practical Storage System. in USENIX Annual Technical Conference.
GPUs as Storage System Accelerators