Shop-stealer meaning

(Australia) A shoplifter.

If you suspect a shop stealer, pay this person a lot of attention.

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Origin of shop-stealer

  • Unclear, but ultimately from shoplifter (which predates the verb shoplift). Structurally, shop steal + -er, but perhaps more likely is that both verb and agent noun forms were coined around the same time by alteration of shoplift / shoplifter to carry the nuanced greater emphasis on theft.

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