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

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He admitted to his friends that he had resorted to a five-finger discount during his rebellious teenage years.
She often considers using the five-finger discount to get the latest fashion trends without paying.
The store owner plans to install better security measures to deter potential five-finger discount incidents in the future.
He knows it's wrong, but he still occasionally succumbs to the temptation of a five-finger discount.
They successfully pulled off a five-finger discount scheme at multiple stores before getting caught.
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