verb (used with object)
to steal (especially something of small value); pilfer: to filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants.

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

filcher, noun
filchingly, adverb
unfilched, adjective

purloin, take, swipe, lift, snaffle, pinch. Unabridged
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filch (fɪltʃ)
(tr) to steal or take surreptitiously in small amounts; pilfer
[C16 filchen to steal, attack, perhaps from Old English gefylce band of men]

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Word Origin & History

"steal," 1560s, slang, perhaps from c.1300 filchen "to snatch, take as booty," of unknown origin. Related: Filched; filching.
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Example sentences
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.
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