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Theft, 1) the act of stealing: Ven. 160. Lucr. 838. Lucr. 838 Sonn. 99, 12. Wiv. I, 3, 28. Err. IV, 2, 61. All's II, 1, 34. H4A IV, 2, 67 (== practice of stealing). H6A III, 1, 48. Troil. II, 2, 92. V, 3, 21. Cor. I, 9, 22. Tim. IV, 3, 430. Tim. IV, 3, 430 Mcb. II, 3, 151. Lr. IV, 6, 44. Cymb. V, 5, 341. Abstr. pro concr.: “when the suspicious head of theft is stopped,” LLL IV, 3, 336 (== the ears of thieves).
2) the thing stolen: “if he steal aught the whilst this play is playing, . . . I will pay the t.” Hml. III, 2, 94.
3) (for the sake of quibbling) the act of withdrawing privily: “I'll steal away. There's honour in the t.” All's II, 1, 34. “shift away; there's warrant in that t. which steals itself, when there's no mercy left,” Mcb. II, 3, 151.
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