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Definition to steal things of little value — especially on a regular basis
  • She had been pilfering office supplies where she worked.
pilfering = stealing — especially things of little value that are taken on a regular basis
  • 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
  • pilfered = stolen (taken without asking)
  • 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
  • pilfered = stolen
  • Pilfering was housebreaking to Mr. Woodhouse's fears.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Chix Verbil's pantomime antics provided the perfect cover for a spot of pilfering.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • 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
  • Yes, to prevent any chance of petty pilfering.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • He showed Lila and me the speculum he had pilfered from a relative who was a gynecologist.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • But man is an odd, sad creature as yet, intent on pilfering the earth, and heedless of the growths within himself.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • However, I am not here to present my views on the hereafter or pilfer from your fine brandy stores, or even to test your always pleasant hospitality.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Furiously he pilfered pockets, and found a dozen beautiful cigarettes in a wrinkled and flattened paper case.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • "So I guess we're talking a lot deeper than pilfering a book from Stacey's bookstore?"
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • 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
  • Dumbledore'll have you out of here for this, you filthy, pilfering poltergeist.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • 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
  • Aziz had tried to run away from the police, Mohammed Latif had not checked the pilfering.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Back in the truck, more kisses and a cigarette of my own (pilfered from his pack, pilfered from his mom).
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • He had also prosecuted several fellows for pilferage.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • 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

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