One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal Prone to steal.‘light-fingered shoplifters’
thieving, thievish, stealing, pilfering, shoplifting, pocket-pickingView synonyms
- ‘Over the last three weeks, light-fingered thieves have been helping themselves to power tools, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, gardening tools and mountain bikes from sheds in Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Clandon, Shackleford and Albury.’
- ‘Action peaks during the visit of a circus - complete with elephants, tigers, and light-fingered pickpockets.’
2Having or showing delicate skill with the hands.‘it is played with an irresistibly light-fingered spontaneity’
- ‘Maybe we Scots have the light-fingered skills essential for shortbread, pastry and scones because so many of our kitchens resemble freezers in winter and fridges in summer, giving us the necessary cold hands.’
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