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    In your language, there are words like:

    bandit, burglar, gangster, rascal


    Please oblige me with the differences among them, okay?

    :)
    I guess Ronbee is my teacher for this answer, am I right? :wink:

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    This is off the top of my head. A bandit is a person who robs people. A highwayman is a bandit. A burglar is a thief that enters people's houses (usually when they are not at home) with the purpose of taking their valuables. A gangster is a member of a gang, specifically, an organization engaged in criminal activity.

    There are, in AHD*, two definitions for rascal, thus:
    • ras·cal
      1.One that is playfully mischievous.
      2. An unscrupulous, dishonest person; a scoundrel.

    As you can see, the first definition of rascal doesn't really fit with the other words. The second definition is, generally speaking, a person who engages in shady dealings.

    I hope that helps.

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    *American Heritage Dictionary

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    bandit, - robber\criminal outlaw, especially in a hot country
    burglar,- breaks into houses and steal
    gangster,- organised criminal
    rascal - a bit of a troublemaker, or naughty, but nothing serious.

    HTH

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    Bandits are mostly known for waylaying people on highways and robbing them.

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    Say: "Who is who?"



    Go figure! I thought a cat burglar was a burglar that stole cats.


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    People who steal pets are called 'snatchers' in BE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    People who steal pets are called 'snatchers' in BE.
    You mean it is so common they have a name for the people who do that? (Besides thieves, of course.)

    :(

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    Stealing pedigree dogs has become a big business here, sadly.

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    They are all people we don't like, anyway.

    To be a little off point:

    Unfortunately enough, there is someone alike right in my dorm.
    She has stolen 200-300 yuan on average from our pocket.
    We don't know how to deal with her, though it is highly that she will do exatly the same thing.

    If you can give me some advice on such an issue, I will be thankful.

    Be back on the discussion, what do you call such a person?
    Of couse, a thief, what else?

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    Some use the term sneak thief to describe somebody who goes into somebody's room to take things, presumably when the room is otherwise unoccupied (when nobody's there).

    It would be hard for me to give advice on the matter without knowing more details about the situation. (Presumably, there is a reason you haven't confronted her about it.) In any case, you should be prepared for the consequences of whatever action you might take. It is probably better to take action sooner rather than later. Are there locks on the doors to the individual rooms? (I suppose you could report her anonymously.)

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