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Synonyms of steal in English:


  • 1 the raiders stole a fax machine
    informal walk off/away with, run away/off with, rob, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, ‘liberate’, ‘borrow’, filch, snaffle, snitch, souvenir
    British informal nick, pinch, half-inch, whip, knock off, nobble, bone, scrump, blag
    North American informal heist, glom
    Australian informal snavel
    West Indian informal tief
    archaic crib, hook
    (be stolen) informal walk, go walkies
  • 2 he alleged that his work was stolen by his tutor
    plagiarize, copy, pass off as one's own, infringe the copyright of, pirate, poach, borrow, appropriate
    informal rip off, lift, pinch, nick, crib
  • 3 she was a beauty, and he'd often wanted to steal a kiss
    snatch, sneak, obtain stealthily, get surreptitiously
  • 4 he stole out of the room
    creep, sneak, slink, slip, slither, slide, glide, sidle, slope, edge, move furtively, tiptoe, pussyfoot, pad, prowl
  • Phrases

    steal away

    she disobeyed a court order and stole away with the children
    abscond, decamp, make off, run off, run away, flee, bolt, take off, take flight, disappear, vanish, slip away, sneak away, beat a hasty retreat, escape, make a run for it, make one's getaway, leave, depart, make oneself scarce
    informal split, scram, skedaddle, vamoose, skip, cut and run, make tracks, push off, shove off, clear off, hightail it, hotfoot it, show a clean pair of heels, do a bunk, do a runner, do a moonlight flit, do a disappearing act, head for the hills, fly the coop, take French leave, go AWOL
    British informal scarper
    North American informal take a powder, go on the lam, light out, bug out, peel out, cut out
    British informal , dated hook it

    steal the show

    she stole the show from her seasoned co-stars
    be the centre of attention, get all the attention, attract the most attention, be the focus of attention, be the main attraction, be the outstanding feature, put the others in the shade, be the high point/spot, be the best part, have all eyes on one, be the cynosure;
    outshine, put in the shade, upstage, overshadow, eclipse, outclass, dwarf, tower above/over, put to shame


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  • 1North American New York's biggest art steal
    theft, robbery, raid, ram raid, burglary, larceny, thievery, break-in, hold-up;
    in India or Burmadacoity
    British informal blag
    North American informal heist
  • 2 informal at £30 it's a steal See bargain
  • Word links

    kleptomania compulsion to steal

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