Synonyms for stealing

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When he awoke the cold light of the morning was stealing in.

He'll think he's been the cause of it, by stealing your heart from me.

Andy sighed at the thought of stealing through the great halls within.

Though faith there's a good deal that's like stealing goes on where that comes from!

They were silent, and had even forgotten the exciting event of the stealing of the horses.

Well, sir, the next week I found him stealing my turf again!

So you began your connection with us by stealing the French gun designs.

A change had stolen, and was stealing yet, over the patient heart.

They can't really suspect Arthur of stealing the bank-note, you know.

Is it of stealing that bank-note of Galloway's that you presume to accuse my brother?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English stelan "to commit a theft" (class IV strong verb; past tense stæl, past participle stolen), from Proto-Germanic *stelanan (cf. Old Saxon stelan, Old Norse, Old Frisian stela, Dutch stelen, Old High German stelan, German stehlen, Gothic stilan), of unknown origin.

Most IE words for steal have roots in notions of "hide," "carry off," or "collect, heap up." Attested as a verb of stealthy motion from c.1300 (e.g. to steal away, late 14c.); of glances, sighs, etc., from 1580s. To steal (someone) blind first recorded 1974.

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noundevastation, destruction
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