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[filch] /fɪltʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to steal (especially something of small value); pilfer:
to filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English filchen to attack (in a body), take as booty, Old English fylcian to marshal (troops), draw (soldiers) up in battle array, derivative of gefylce band of men; akin to folk
Related forms
filcher, noun
filchingly, adverb
unfilched, adjective
Synonyms
purloin, take, swipe, lift, snaffle, pinch.
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Examples from the web for filch
  • Or they beg, filch and hustle to get spare change for bread and video games.
  • Buying and selling stocks without the customer's permission is only one of the common abuses brokers use to filch accounts.
  • Highly opportunistic feeders, caracaras generally prefer carrion to live prey and will frequently filch meals from other birds.
British Dictionary definitions for filch

filch

/fɪltʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to steal or take surreptitiously in small amounts; pilfer
Derived Forms
filcher, noun
Word Origin
C16 filchen to steal, attack, perhaps from Old English gefylce band of men
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Word Origin and History for filch
v.

"steal," 1560s, slang, perhaps from c.1300 filchen "to snatch, take as booty," of unknown origin. Liberman says filch is probably from German filzen "comb through." Related: Filched; filching.

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Slang definitions & phrases for filch

filch

verb

To steal or grab something from someone: filched the remote control


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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