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smash-and-grab

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Definition of smash-and-grab in English:

adjective

Denoting a robbery in which the thief smashes a shop window and seizes goods: a smash-and-grab raid on a jeweller
More example sentences
  • Detectives are probing links between two smash-and-grab robberies on Bolton banks and a ram raid on a Bury bank.
  • Dealers will learn first-hand what they can do to prevent being the target of a smash-and-grab burglary - or worse.
  • Police are also asking residents to look out for a stolen car which has been used in a number of burglaries and smash-and-grab raids in the district.

noun

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A smash-and-grab robbery: the number of smash-and-grabs I have seen is unbelievable
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  • Businesses and warehouses became targets, he started smash-and-grabs and dozens of crimes were committed to feed a £1,000-a-week heroin habit.
  • The cost of smash-and-grabs has soared 25 per cent in the last year with the value of property stolen from cars increasing from £295 million to £369 million.
  • An Otley woman has said it is business as usual at her shop - despite being the victim of two smash-and-grabs in just over a week.

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