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English definition of “sting”

sting

noun (GETTING STH)    /stɪŋ/
[C] US a clever and complicated act of stealing : A bank employee was involved in the sting in which $5 million was stolen .StealingPlotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and tricking [C] mainly US a police action to catch criminals in which the police pretend to be criminals : a sting operation Plotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and trickingRelating to detection and solving crimes
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