caught with one's hand in the cookie jar

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caught with one's hand in the cookie jar

  1. (idiomatic) Observed or apprehended while committing a theft, especially while embezzling money.
    • 1969, "Insurance Man Accused in Theft of $400,000," Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec., p. A10:
      A Long Beach insurance broker, who admittedly got caught with his "hand in the cookie jar", has been accused of the theft of $400,000 from the Bank of America.
    • 1989, Claudia Deutsch, "Passing Sentence Before A Trial," New York Times, 19 Feb. (retrieved 24 May 2009):
      Any crisis, whether it is a plant explosion or an executive caught with his hand in the cookie jar, takes on a life of its own.
    • 2007, "The competition was fierce, and the judging a fraught affair," The Times (South Africa), 31 Dec. (retrieved 24 May 2009):
      Frankenmanto was, in fact, a certified kleptomaniac who had to carry a doctor’s letter on her to explain the embarrassing little moments when she was caught with her hand in the cookie jar.

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