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Purloin meaning

purloin - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. To take or carry away for one's self; hence, to steal; to take by theft; to filch.
  2. 2. To practice theft; to steal.

purloin - examples of usage

  1. If he drink deep to- night, I will, heaven assisting, purloin the key, and release you at ten, or as soon after as may be. - "The Castle Inn", Stanley John Weyman.
  2. But, if my views were different from what they are, I doubt whether madam Confidence might not be brought to lull madam Caution so fast asleep, at some lucky moment or another, as to suffer me to purloin her key, and afterward to rob her of all her treasure. - "Anna St. Ives", Thomas Holcroft.
  3. The document he came to purloin is in my pocket, and here, Sir George, is my warrant for retaining possession of it." - "A Maker of History", E. Phillips Oppenheim.
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