Sticky-fingered



plural noun, Informal.
1.
a propensity to steal.
sticky-fingered
adjective
1.
(informal) given to thieving
stick with
sticky
sticky fingers
A propensity to steal, as in You’d better not leave any cash around; she’s known for her sticky fingers. This metaphor makes it seem as if valuables adhere naturally to a thief’s fingers. [ ; late 1800s ]

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