boost
   1. American
   to steal
   Literally, to give a lift to:
    You were in Fulton Superior Court apologizin' for boosting car radios. (Diehl, 1978)
   Whence booster, a casual thief:
    I'm usually better at it than the average TV booster. (J. Patterson, 1999)
   The articles stolen are concealed in a booster bag or bloomers.
   2. American
   to make a fraudulent bid at an auction
   Again, from giving a lift to something.
   3. to importune excessively in selling
   Pushing too hard:
    Africans living by their wits in Olbia, Chinese seamen boosting lighters in Oristano. (Theroux, 1995)

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