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verb[with object]West Indian
Steal (something)‘people bound to tief young calf’no object ‘‘Look, if yer rob, or tief, or kill, or do notting bad, wat yer run for?’’
purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shopliftView synonyms
- ‘‘Last year they made me cry, because they tief everything I cultivated’ he said.’
- ‘This woman two seats over was trying to tief the seat next to.’
- ‘Workers or other Cubans who tief from the tourists, or assault tourists meet their end quickly against a brick wall with a firing squad.’
- ‘We tief intellectual property like video tapes, DVDs, CD Roms, Software, satellite signals and copyright material.’
- ‘Dr Anthony said in evidence that he can't tief it.’
A thief.‘‘'e binna tief, Missis’’
criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinnerView synonyms
- ‘If there is one animal I don't like its a thief (or tief as we seh in Jamdown.)’
- ‘Well, I must admit, like many of my fellow Jamaicans, me turn tief!’
- ‘After all, who calls his child criminal, killer or ole tief?’
- ‘Christmas is a week from today, it seems to have crept upon me like a tief in the night to rahtid.’
- ‘It says dat da most prized possession of a brigand, a tief, will be taken away.’
Representing a pronunciation of thief.
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