The verb steal means to take someone else's property without right or permission. Steal can also mean to move secretly.
As both a noun and an adjective, steel refers to a hard alloy of iron and carbon. Used figuratively, steel means hard, strong, and tough. As a verb, steel means to strengthen.
- "The number one rule of thieves is that nothing is too small to steal." (Jimmy Breslin)
- Blues singer Brownie McGhee played with a steel pick on a steel guitar.
(a) The finest _____ has to go through the hottest fire.
(b) "About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to _____ with good judgment." (Josh Billings)