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She had been pilfering office supplies where she worked.
  to steal things of little value — especially on a regular basis
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  • She had been pilfering office supplies where she worked.
  • She sat on her living room couch, dressed in her rattiest C&C T-shirt and a pair of Calvin Klein boxer briefs she’d pilfered out of Sean’s top drawer.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Lonna had pilfered the stone from Leon Leep’s sock drawer and had gotten it made into a snazzy toe ring for herself.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • I was trying to think of a way to inconspicuously pilfer the picture he drew of me, which was little more than a balloon-shaped head and some brown waves of hair coming off it.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • This time he was wearing a thick white robe a friend of his had pilfered from a Los Angeles hotel.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The wolves must have known of the location of the foxes’ home, and probably knew perfectly well that there was a certain amount of pilfering from their cache; but they did nothing about it even though it would have been a simple matter for them to dig out and destroy the litter of fox pups.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Pilfering was housebreaking to Mr. Woodhouse’s fears.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • She hasn’t bothered to crack it yet, mainly because it seems like homework for a job that’s already punishment, but also because she’s rereading Jane Eyre for English class (ironically, the teacher, Mrs. Tate, handed out school-issued copies the week after Molly tried to pilfer it) and that book is huge.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • It’s like you’re pilfering everyone else’s pain, taking, but not offering anything in return.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • If these were Grants, then, perhaps they were seeking either booty or revenge for the cattle Rupert and friends had pilfered a few days before.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • "So I guess we’re talking a lot deeper than pilfering a book from Stacey’s bookstore?"
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Between meals, if his mother did not stand guard, he was constantly pilfering at the wretched store of food on the shelf.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Dumbledore’ll have you out of here for this, you filthy, pilfering poltergeist.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Before long he headed back to the rowan, carrying sausages he had pilfered from the cellar.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • A rather fat soldier attempted to pilfer a horse from a dooryard.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I am really ashamed of this pilfering.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Back in the truck, more kisses and a cigarette of my own (pilfered from his pack, pilfered from his mom).
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Up in his room with his lights off, Ray could smell his mother’s cigarettes, which she never accused him of pilfering, just as he never let on that he knew she had them.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Or perhaps Mundungus, who had pilfered plenty from this house both before and after Sirius died?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Chix Verbil’s pantomime antics provided the perfect cover for a spot of pilfering.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Chapter VI My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Having enjoyed the fruit ourselves, we filled the hamper Knips always carried, and secured the fruit from his pilfering paws with leaves fixed firmly down.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • So before the bell rang, everyone would walk up to Dolores’s desk and hand her a tampon they’d been given by Courtney Ignatio, who’d pilfered a box from her mother.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • But now, thank kind Heaven, being ashore; our old pilot procured us a lodging and a warehouse for our goods; it was a little hut with a large warehouse joining to it, all built with canes, and pallisadoed round with large ones, to keep out pilfering thieves, which are very numerous in that country.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He had also prosecuted several fellows for pilferage.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Nor, though placed amongst a ruthless crew and every hour passed by ruthless hands, and through the livelong nights shrouded with thick darkness which might cover any pilfering approach, nevertheless every sunrise found the doubloon where the sunset left it last.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Would he lift the pole and pilfer the king’s chariot with his weapons, or take the life of still more Thracian men?
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Filled the hog trough and walked through the pickers’ cabins to see that they hadn’t relieved themselves in pilfered canning jars.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Incautiously I took your part when you were accused of pilfering.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Sethe understood it then, but now with a paying job and an employer who was kind enough to hire an ex-convict, she despised herself for the pride that made pilfering better than standing in line at the window of the general store with all the other Negroes.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • The hue and cry was raised in a moment, by the woman, who knew her loss by the lightening of her burden, although she had not seen the pilfering done.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • My grandmother, emboldened by the presence of our white protector said, "You may be sure we didn’t pilfer ’cause from your houses."
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • He wandered by the sea from the border north as far as San Luis Obispo, and he learned to pilfer the tide pools for abalones and eels and mussels and perch, to dig the sandbars for clams, and to trap a rabbit in the dunes with a noose of fishline.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • "Don’t be surprised at that," returned the musician; "for with the callow poets of our day the way is for every one to write as he pleases and pilfer where he chooses, whether it be germane to the matter or not, and now-a-days there is no piece of silliness they can sing or write that is not set down to poetic licence."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He set to work scouring away four days of road grit with a pot of water Changazi’s servant Yakub heated over an Epigas cylinder that had probably been pilfered, he realized, from an expedition.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The Dodger had a vicious propensity, too, of pulling the caps from the heads of small boys and tossing them down areas; while Charley Bates exhibited some very loose notions concerning the rights of property, by pilfering divers apples and onions from the stalls at the kennel sides, and thrusting them into pockets which were so surprisingly capacious, that they seemed to undermine his whole suit of clothes in every direction.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Aziz had tried to run away from the police, Mohammed Latif had not checked the pilfering.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Cunfar seized upon this and sometimes pilfered food and blamed me for it.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • In the midst of them, the hangman, ever busy and ever worse than useless, was in constant requisition; now, stringing up long rows of miscellaneous criminals; now, hanging a housebreaker on Saturday who had been taken on Tuesday; now, burning people in the hand at Newgate by the dozen, and now burning pamphlets at the door of Westminster Hall; to-day, taking the life of an atrocious murderer, and to-morrow of a wretched pilferer who had robbed a farmer’s boy of sixpence.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Against the plaster wall diagonally crossed by black joists, a meagre pear-tree sometimes leans and the ground-floors have at their door a small swing-gate to keep out the chicks that come pilfering crumbs of bread steeped in cider on the threshold.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Yes, to prevent any chance of petty pilfering.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • I drank a lot tonight, ingested an incomprehensible amount of painkillers, some borrowed from Daddy, the rest pilfered from old Sam, who seems to be suffering a lot from his arthritis.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • She would get along, surely; there were many kitchens where the servants would share their meals with her, and also steal sugar and apples and other dainties for her to carry home—or give her a chance to pilfer them herself, which would answer just as well.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • At other times, he kept Batman in a paperback copy of The Stand that had been doctored as a hiding place—starting on chapter six, a square had been cut out of the pages of the thick book with a pilfered razor blade, creating a little hollow that Calloway lined with tissues to make a bed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Now, show me the distinction between such pilfering as this, and picking a man’s pocket in the street: unless, indeed, it be, that the legislature has a regard for pocket-handkerchiefs, and leaves men’s brains, except when they are knocked out by violence, to take care of themselves.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She had schemed; she had pilfered.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • Close behind is Grade E, with a sizeable buy and a pilfered rock.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • He showed Lila and me the speculum he had pilfered from a relative who was a gynecologist.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • How many solar cells will I have to pilfer from the flab’s farm?
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • This is justifiable pilfering.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
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