the act of a person who steals.
Usually, stealings. something that is stolen.
given to or characterized by theft.
verb (used with object), stole, stolen, stealing.
to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force:
A pickpocket stole his watch.
to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance:
He stole my girlfriend.
to move, bring, convey, or put secretly or quietly; smuggle (usually followed by away, from, in, into, etc.):
They stole the bicycle into the bedroom to surprise the child.
Baseball. (of a base runner) to gain (a base) without the help of a walk or batted ball, as by running to it during the delivery of a pitch.
Games. to gain (a point, advantage, etc.) by strategy, chance, or luck.
to gain or seize more than one’s share of attention in, as by giving a superior performance:
The comedian stole the show.
verb (used without object), stole, stolen, stealing.
to commit or practice theft.
to move, go, or come secretly, quietly, or unobserved:
She stole out of the house at midnight.
to pass, happen, etc., imperceptibly, gently, or gradually:
The years steal by.
Baseball. (of a base runner) to advance a base without the help of a walk or batted ball.
Informal. an act of stealing; theft.
Informal. the thing stolen; booty.
Informal. something acquired at a cost far below its real value; bargain:
This dress is a steal at $40.
Baseball. the act of advancing a base by stealing.
steal someone’s thunder, to appropriate or use another’s idea, plan, words, etc.
verb steals, stealing, stole, stolen
to take (something) from someone, etc without permission or unlawfully, esp in a secret manner
(transitive) to obtain surreptitiously
(transitive) to appropriate (ideas, etc) without acknowledgment, as in plagiarism
to move or convey stealthily: they stole along the corridor
(intransitive) to pass unnoticed: the hours stole by
(transitive) to win or gain by strategy or luck, as in various sports: to steal a few yards
steal a march on, to obtain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand measure
steal someone’s thunder, to detract from the attention due to another by forestalling him
steal the show, to be looked upon as the most interesting, popular, etc, esp unexpectedly
the act of stealing
something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost
The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.
- Steal someone blind
steak steal someone blind Also, rob someone blind. Rob or cheat someone mercilessly, as in Ann always maintained that children would steal their parents blind. The allusion here is unclear. Possibly it means stealing everything, including someone’s sight. [ Mid-1900s ]
verb (used with object), stole, stolen, stealing. 1. to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force: A pickpocket stole his watch. 2. to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment. 3. to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance: He stole […]
noun 1. secret, clandestine, or surreptitious procedure. 2. a furtive departure or entrance. 3. Obsolete. an act of stealing; theft. the thing stolen; booty. 4. (initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Air Force project involving a range of technologies, with the purpose of developing aircraft that are difficult to detect by sight, sound, radar, and […]
- Stealth bomber
noun 1. a type of US military aircraft using advanced technology to render it virtually undetectable to sight, radar, or infrared sensors Also called B-2