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’
    • ‘Of course, then he was caught with his hand in the till.’
    • ‘He got caught with his hand in the till so to speak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has, in effect, been caught with his hand in the till.’
    • ‘That poor bloke has been caught with his hand in the till over his EU expenses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Similarly, recent years have seen Belgian politicians snared with their 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.’
    • ‘Now his successor has been caught with his fingers in the till.’
    • ‘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.’
    steal, thieve, rob one's employer, help oneself, embezzle, misappropriate funds
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