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1. Having quick and nimble fingers.
2. Skilled at or given to petty thievery.

light′-fin′gered·ness n.
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having nimble or agile fingers, esp for thieving or picking pockets
ˌlight-ˈfingeredness n
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1. skillful at or given to pilfering, esp. by picking pockets; thievish.
2. having light and nimble fingers.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.light-fingered - having nimble fingers literally or figuratively; especially for stealing or picking pockets; "a light-fingered burglar who can crack the combination of a bank vault"- Harry Hansen; "the light-fingered thoughtfulness...of the most civilized playwright of the era"- Time
adroit - quick or skillful or adept in action or thought; "an exceptionally adroit pianist"; "an adroit technician"; "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers"; "an adroit negotiator"
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adjective thieving, stealing, dishonest, crafty, crooked (informal), pinching (informal), sly, furtive, shifty, underhand, pilfering Which goods are most often targeted by light-fingered customers?
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[ˈlaɪtˈfɪŋgəd] ADJcon las manos muy largas
to be light-fingeredtener las manos muy largas, ser muy amigo de lo ajeno
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[ˈlaɪtˈfɪŋgəd] adjlesto/a di mano
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(lait) adjective
1. easy to lift or carry; of little weight. I bought a light suitcase for plane journeys.
2. easy to bear, suffer or do. Next time the punishment will not be so light.
3. (of food) easy to digest. a light meal.
4. of less weight than it should be. The load of grain was several kilos light.
5. of little weight. Aluminium is a light metal.
6. lively or agile. She was very light on her feet.
7. cheerful; not serious. light music.
8. little in quantity; not intense, heavy, strong etc. light rain.
9. (of soil) containing a lot of sand.
ˈlightly adverb
ˈlightness noun
ˈlighten verb
to make or become less heavy. She lightened her suitcase by taking out several pairs of shoes; The postman's bag of parcels lightened as he went from house to house.
ˌlight-ˈfingered adjective
inclined to steal things.
ˌlight-ˈheaded adjective
dizzy and giddy.
ˌlight-ˈhearted adjective
happy and free from anxiety; not grave or serious. a light-hearted mood.
ˈlightweight adjective
light in weight. a lightweight raincoat.
get off lightly
to escape or be allowed to go without severe punishment etc.
make light of
to treat (problems etc) as unimportant.
travel light
to travel with little luggage.
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References in classic literature ?
There is a great quantity of eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the contrary, smoking, cheating, fighting, dancing and fiddling; there are bullies pushing about, bucks ogling the women, knaves picking pockets, policemen on the look-out, quacks (OTHER quacks, plague take them!) bawling in front of their booths, and yokels looking up at the tinselled dancers and poor old rouged tumblers, while the light-fingered folk are operating upon their pockets behind.
AMERICAN ANIMALS (15) HHHH H WILDLY ambitious and superbly crafted, this intriguing, tense and funny real-life heist thriller is a light-fingered and dexterous modern day morality tale.
Furthermore (with its implied "tsk, tsk"), Risk of any kind: snooping, filching coins, sneaking booze and cigarettes, illicit affairs, rubber checks, stacked decks, bald-faced lies, fingers crossed behind our back, light-fingered: Pocket the thing.
To kill the story, Patel issued a fullsome apology to the Scottish Secretary and disciplined her light-fingered staff, who will need a drop of the strong stuff after the week they've had.
Someone at the station even placed biohazard warning tape on his (or her) bottle of milk to put off light-fingered feds.
Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig (it's her first feature), it's a teen movie that starts off funny but turns into something more like a light-fingered psychological thriller.
3 Florrie can get also a little light-fingered. She adds: "I've got a bad habit of stealing other people's socks."
Because throughout January, the restaurant in Cardiff is running its second spoon amnesty to encourage light-fingered diners to bring them back.
NEW Liverpool restaurant Wahaca is running an amnesty for stolen spoons - and even rewarding light-fingered diners with free tacos.
<BAnya Mugridge proves she is a light-fingered young woman to beat more than 100 people chasing Britain's 'first ever' job dedicated to untangling Christmas lights Wales News
Footage highlighting a gang of light-fingered thieves in action in Birmingham has been issued as part of the #SpotThePickpocket drive in a bid to make shoppers aware of the tactics used by the cunning crooks.
Not only is the Rev charged with burglary after her light-fingered detective work, but she's also given the sack for marrying Ruby and Ali without consulting the bishop.