Taffy, the filcher, in this case was the Briton; the filchee was the Boer.
He hired a stable a short distance from his lodgings, and engaged a man named filcher as groom.
Mr. filcher then went on to point out the properties and capabilities of the rooms, and also their mechanical contrivances.
And when he had been told it, he turned to Mr. filcher and asked him, "What the doose he meant by not waiting on his master?"
By the time Mr. Smalls had re-appeared with the kettle, Mr. filcher had thought it prudent to answer his master's summons.
Mr. filcher thoroughly understood the science of "flooring" a freshman.
He ne'er by any luck was grieved,By any care perplexed— No filcher he, though when he preached,He always "took" a text.
But filcher was alarmed at the joyful way in which he rushed out of the tutor's room.
"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.
To steal or grab something from someone: filched the remote control