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Five-finger discount

British pronunciation/fˈaɪvfˈɪŋɡə dˈɪskaʊnt/
American pronunciation/fˈaɪvfˈɪŋɡɚ dˈɪskaʊnt/
Five-finger discount

the action of taking goods from a store without paying for them

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five-finger discount definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "five-finger discount" and when to use it?

The idiom "five-finger discount" likely stems from the idea that individuals use their five fingers to quickly take something without paying for it. This phrase has been in use since at least the mid-20th century. It is used to describe stealing merchandise from stores in a somewhat playful or casual manner, but it should not be taken lightly as it promotes dishonest behavior.

1She decided that whatever she couldn’t buy she’d just get on a discount, a five-finger discount.
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