white-collar crime

(noun) A non-violent crime of opportunity, often involving money.

Example: Embezzlement

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  • Plural: white-collar crimes
  • Term originates from the white dress shirts wore by professionals such as bankers and lawyers, as opposed to denim or blue uniform shirts worn by wage laborers or blue-collar workers.
  • A type of crime.
  • Also called corporate crime.

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