Definition of smash-and-grab in English:



  • Denoting a robbery in which the thief smashes a shop window and seizes goods.

    ‘a smash-and-grab raid on a jeweller’
    • ‘Detectives are probing links between two smash-and-grab robberies on Bolton banks and a ram raid on a Bury bank.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said smash-and-grab raiders last month stole a number of items worth a total of £2,000, including a £500 28-inch widescreen television.’
    • ‘Damage running into tens of thousands of pounds has been caused by thieves in a smash-and-grab effort to steal high-value cars at a specialist mid-Essex service centre.’
    • ‘Dealers will learn first-hand what they can do to prevent being the target of a smash-and-grab burglary - or worse.’


  • A smash-and-grab robbery.

    ‘the number of smash-and-grabs I have seen is unbelievable’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Worse, any stranger who tried a smash-and-grab would have only two ways to run - east, or west - and the Dwarvenhame Tunnel offered no convenient side roads or places to lie hidden while the pursuit thundered by.’
    • ‘David, what about the phenomenon of smash-and-grabs that was so common 10 years ago?’
    burglary, theft, thievery, stealing, breaking and entering, housebreaking, larceny, shoplifting, pilfering, filching, embezzlement, misappropriation, swindling, fraud
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