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 for stealing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Steal \Steal\ (st[=e]l), v. t. [imp. Stole (st[=o]l); p. p.
     Stolen (st[=o]"l'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Stealing.] [OE.
     stelen, AS. stelan; akin to OFries. stela, D. stelen, OHG.
     stelan, G. stehlen, Icel. stela, SW. stj[aum]la, Dan.
     stiaele, Goth. stilan.]
     1. To take, and carry away, feloniously; to take without
        right or leave, and with intent to keep wrongfully; as, to
        steal the personal goods of another.
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              Maugre thy heed, thou must for indigence
              Or steal, or beg, or borrow, thy dispense.
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              The man who stole a goose and gave away the giblets
              in alms.                              --G. Eliot.
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     2. To withdraw or convey clandestinely (reflexive); hence, to
        creep furtively, or to insinuate.
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              They could insinuate and steal themselves under the
              same by their humble carriage and submission.
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              He will steal himself into a man's favor. --Shak.
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     3. To gain by insinuating arts or covert means.
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              So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
                                                    --2 Sam. xv.
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     4. To get into one's power gradually and by imperceptible
        degrees; to take possession of by a gradual and
        imperceptible appropriation; -- with away.
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              Variety of objects has a tendency to steal away the
              mind from its steady pursuit of any subject. --I.
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     5. To accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner; to try
        to carry out secretly; as, to steal a look.
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              Always, when thou changest thine opinion or course,
              profess it plainly, . . . and do not think to steal
              it.                                   --Bacon.
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     To steal a march, to march in a covert way; to gain an
        advantage unobserved; -- formerly followed by of, but now
        by on or upon, and sometimes by over; as, to steal a march
        upon one's political rivals.
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              She yesterday wanted to steal a march of poor Liddy.
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              Fifty thousand men can not easily steal a march over
              the sea.                              --Walpole.
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     Syn: To filch; pilfer; purloin; thieve.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stealing \Steal"ing\, n.
     1. The act of taking feloniously the personal property of
        another without his consent and knowledge; theft; larceny.
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     2. That which is stolen; stolen property; -- chiefly used in
        the plural.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the
           thieving is awful at Kennedy International" [syn:
           larceny, theft, thievery, thieving, stealing]
      2: avoiding detection by moving carefully [syn: stealth,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  99 Moby Thesaurus words for "stealing":
     abstraction, all fours, annexation, appropriation, blackmail,
     boodle, boosting, booty, burglary, conversion, conveyance, crawl,
     crawling, creep, creeping, doggo, embezzlement, filching, fraud,
     furtive, graft, gumshoeing, haul, hidden out, hot goods, in ambush,
     in hiding, in the wings, larceny, liberation, lift, lifting, loot,
     lurking, nightwalking, on tiptoe, padding, peculation, perks,
     perquisite, pickings, pilferage, pilfering, pinch, pinching,
     piracy, pirating, plagiarism, plagiarizing, plunder, poaching,
     pork barrel, prize, prowling, public till, public trough,
     purloining, pussyfoot, pussyfooted, pussyfooting, robbery, robbing,
     scrabble, scramble, scrounging, shoplifting, sidling, skulking,
     slinking, snaking, snatching, sneak thievery, sneaking, snitching,
     spoil, spoils, spoils of office, squeeze, steal, stealage,
     stealings, stealthy, stolen goods, surreptitious, swag, swindle,
     swiping, take, theft, thievery, thieving, till, tippytoe, tiptoe,
     tiptoeing, touch, under cover, waiting concealed, worming

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     See THEFT.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  STEALING. This term imports, ex vi termini, nearly the same as larceny; but 
  in common parlance, it does not always import a felony; as, for example, you 
  stole an acre of my land. 
       2. In slander cases, it seems that the term stealing takes its 
  complexion from the subject-matter to which it is applied, and will be 
  considered as intended of a felonious stealing, if a felony could have been 
  committed of such subject-matter. Stark. on Slan. 80; 12 Johns. Rep. 239; 3 
  Binn. R. 546; Whart. Dig. tit. Slander. 

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