Definition of have (or with) one's fingers (or hand) in the till in US English:

have (or with) one's fingers (or hand) in the till

phrase

  • Used in reference to theft from one's place of work.

    ‘he was caught with his hand in the till and sacked’
    • ‘He ran a bank in Jordan in the 1980s, but had to flee Amman in 1989 when he allegedly was caught with his hand in the till.’
    • ‘He has, in effect, been caught with his hand in the till.’
    • ‘Similarly, recent years have seen Belgian politicians snared with their fingers in the till.’
    • ‘He got caught with his hand in the till so to speak.’
    • ‘A fish restaurant manageress falsely accused her employer of tax fraud when she was caught with her hand in the till, York Crown Court heard.’
    • ‘Of course, then he was caught with his hand in the till.’
    • ‘That poor bloke has been caught with his hand in the till over his EU expenses.’
    • ‘Now his successor has been caught with his fingers in the till.’
    • ‘A bar worker at a the hotel was caught with his fingers in the till after management set up a covert surveillance system.’
    • ‘Instances abound of corrupt politicians, caught beyond a shadow of doubt with their hand in the till, comfortably re-elected in the very next election.’
    steal, thieve, rob one's employer, help oneself, embezzle, misappropriate funds
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