Definition of have or with one's fingers or hand in the till in English:

have (or with) one's fingers (or hand) in the till

Used in reference to theft from one’s place of work: he was caught with his hand in the till and sacked
More example sentences
  • He ran a bank in Jordan in the 1980s, but had to flee Amman in 1989 when he allegedly was caught with his hand in the till.
  • That poor bloke has been caught with his hand in the till over his EU expenses.
  • A bar worker at a the hotel was caught with his fingers in the till after management set up a covert surveillance system.
Synonyms
steal, thieve, rob one's employer, help oneself, embezzle, misappropriate funds
See parent entry: till

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