snitches

snitch

1 [snich]
verb (used with object) Informal.
to snatch or steal; pilfer.

Origin:
1900–05; perhaps variant of snatch

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snitch

2 [snich] Informal.
verb (used without object)
1.
to turn informer; tattle.
noun
2.
Also called snitcher. an informer.

Origin:
1775–85; origin uncertain

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snitch (snɪtʃ)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to steal; take, esp in an underhand way
2.  (intr) to act as an informer
 
n
3.  an informer; telltale
4.  the nose
 
[C17: of unknown origin]
 
'snitcher
 
n

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snitch
"informer," 1785, probably from underworld slang meaning "the nose" (1700), which apparently developed from an earlier meaning "fillip on the nose" (1676).

snitch
1803, "to inform," from snitch (n.). Meaning "to steal, pilfer" is attested from 1904, perhaps a variant of snatch (v.).
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