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 Shop.Shore (Jane). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Shop-lifting
 
is secretly purloining goods from a shop. Dekker speaks of the lifting-law—i.e. the law against theft. (Gothic, hlifan, to steal; hliflus, a thief; Latin, levo, to disburden.)   1
 


 Shop.Shore (Jane). 

 
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