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Definition of "light-fingered" [light•-fin•gered]

  • Having quick and nimble fingers. (adjective)
  • Skilled at or given to petty thievery. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "light-fingered" in a sentence
  • "Being light-fingered with the past is not always unforgivable, and sometimes it's necessary: it is disappointing to know that Mozart and Salieri got on rather well, and classicists might moan about the savaging of the past in Gladiator, but they are great stories."
  • "Steinmeyer takes pains to explain how hard it was even for someone as light-fingered and ingratiating as young Howard to become and remain a headliner."
  • "Possibly some slant-eyed, light-fingered pickpocket was even then enjoying the fifty-odd yen his purse had contained."
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