One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the embezzlement of public funds’
misappropriation, theft, stealing, robbing, robbery, thieving, pilfering, pilferage, appropriation, abstraction, swindling
white-collar crime, fraud, larceny, misuse of funds
informal ripping off, filching, swiping, lifting, skimming, snaffling, monkey business
British informal pinching, nicking, half-inching, whipping, nobbling
formal peculation, defalcation, purloining
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