punish punishment To do something bad to someone because of something he/she did wrong.
a real gray area Not ‘black and white’; having both pros and cons, good aspects and bad aspects
a red alert a security alert; a warning of possible danger
as white as a sheet Scared – pale due to fear
on the black market bought or sold illegally
the black sheep of the family A family member who doesn’t follow the accepted social or moral rules of the family.
pickpocket A person who takes something out of your wallet or purse – usually without your noticing it.
see red Get angry
abduct Abduction abductor To kidnap
accomplice Someone who helps a criminal
arson arsonist The crime of starting a fire that damages property
apprehend to catch a criminal (by a law enforcement official, usually)
capture To apprehend; to catch a criminal (by a law enforcement official, usually) To catch an animal
charge To official accuse someone of a crime
conduct an investigation To investigate An investigator To do research to try to find a criminal
disorderly conduct To do something that ‘disturbs the peace’ – that bothers other citizens
hold up A hold-up To hold up a supermarket To hold up a convenience store To hold up a bank To rob – often with a gun
kidnap Kidnapper kidnapping To abduct; to illegally capture another person
Law enforcement officials To enforce the law Police officers, security guards, or others who enforce the law
mastermind The initiator or leader of a plan – often an illegal one
prankster A prank To play a prank on someone One who does a joke or trick that bothers others
rob robber (a thief) Robbery (a crime) To steal
terrorize Terror terrorist To do something that causes others to feel fear
troublemaker Trouble To cause trouble To make trouble Someone who causes or makes trouble. A person who does things that bother other people – similar to a ‘prankster’ – but a bit less serious
accident A sudden, negative, and unintentional event.
incident A neutral word for any kind of event
criminal Crook – an informal word for criminal that can also refer to a dishonest person A person who commits a crime.