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pilferverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈpɪl·fər/
to ​steal things of little ​value or in ​smallamounts: [I/T] Neighborhood ​kids were pilfering (​candy) from the ​cornerstore.
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pilferverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈpɪlfər/
to ​steal things that are not ​worth much ​money, especially from the ​place where you ​work: He was ​caught pilfering ​stationery more than once.
to ​stealmoney, ​ideas, ​information, etc. from an ​organization: They were ​charged with ​conspiracy to pilfer $600m from a ​majorinternationalconglomerate. U.S. ​officialsclaimed the plane's ​electronic surveillance ​equipment had been thoroughly ​examined and pilfered by their military.
noun [U]
Closed ​circuit TVs have helped ​reduce the ​levels of pilferage ​experienced by ​retailers.
noun [U]
His pilfering of the ​fundlanded him in prison and destroyed his ​politicalcareer.
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