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The bee thieves come at night, swooping in and bugging out quicker than the wings of the insects they steal.

Protestors chanted “Navalny we are with you” and “Putin is a thief!”.

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Pretending to be a fur thief, he helped gather evidence leading to the indictment of 24 prison guards.

Participants identify the word “wrong” faster when it’s preceded by a strongly associated word like “right” than when it’s preceded by a weakly related word like “thief.”

That’s when an idea hit him — the thief might have stolen the bike because they’re in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dear Thief is worthy of the abused critical adjectives philosophical, atmospheric, and masterful.

Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief, and all that.

All a thief had to do was take off the dial knob on the safe and place the little joker on inside of it.

After stealing 97 rare maps, serial map thief E. Forbes Smiley III was caught in the act.

Cole was clearly experimenting with this, the signature curve of his storytelling, while writing Every Day Is for the Thief.

He had seen the act committed, he felt sure but had made no effort whatever to stop the thief.

Why should not the thief have simply entered by the window of the study, which like the kitchen, was on the ground floor?

Oliver coloured involuntarily to find that the old thief had been reading his thoughts; but boldly said, Yes, he did want to know.

The blind man, missing his money, suspected who was the thief; but to accuse him would serve no purpose.

But, as many people know, and all may believe, running in a crowded London street is difficult—even to an expert London thief.


On this page you'll find 59 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to thief, such as: bandit, burglar, criminal, crook, mugger, and pickpocket.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.