have a hand in the till

Definition

Have a hand in the till is an idiom that means to steal or take money from an employer or other entity without permission.

Examples

My boss caught me with my hand in the till and now I’m out of a job.

The accountant was caught with his hand in the till and was sent to prison.

Origin

This phrase first appeared in the late 1800s and is said to have derived from shopkeepers who would keep their cash in a till, or drawer.

FAQs

Q: Is it legal to have a hand in the till? A: No, it is not legal to take money without permission.