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1‘they borrowed a lot of money from the bank’
take as a loan, ask for the loan of, receive as a loan, use temporarily, have temporarily
informal cadge, scrounge, sponge, beg, bum, touch someone for
British informal scab
Scottish informal sorn on someone for
North American informal mooch
NZ Australian informal bludge
2‘his workmates had ‘borrowed’ all his tools’
take, take for oneself, help oneself to, use as one's own, abscond with, carry off, appropriate, commandeer, abstract
steal, purloin, shoplift
filch, rob, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, liberate, snaffle, snitch
British nick, pinch, half-inch, whip, knock off, nobble, bone, scrump, bag, blag
North American heist, glom
NZ Australian snavel
West Indian tief
archaic crib, hook
3‘adventurous chefs borrow foreign techniques where appropriate’
adopt, take on, take in, take over, acquire, embrace
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