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[flich] /flɪtʃ/
the side of a hog (or, formerly, some other animal) salted and cured:
a flitch of bacon.
a steak cut from a halibut.
  1. a piece, as a board, forming part of a flitch beam.
  2. a thin piece of wood, as a veneer.
  3. a bundle of veneers, arranged as cut from the log.
  4. a log about to be cut into veneers.
  5. cant2 (def 8).
verb (used with object)
to cut into flitches.
Carpentry. to assemble (boards or the like) into a laminated construction.
Origin of flitch
before 900; Middle English flicche, Old English flicca; cognate with Middle Low German vlicke, Old Norse flikki
Related forms
unflitched, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flitch
Historical Examples
  • The flitch of Dunmow is a common sign in Essex, and is sometimes seen in other counties.

  • Here are butter and eggs, here is tea, here is sugar, and there is a flitch.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Put some at the bottom of a box, or chest, which is long enough to hold a flitch of bacon.

    Cottage Economy William Cobbett
  • Even a flitch of bacon hung on a cord was riddled with their tiny teeth-marks.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Ay, said the steward, but they were not such as will butter any cabbage to eat with this bacon; and so hung the flitch up again.

  • Camden informs us that he instituted the custom of the flitch of bacon of Dunmow.

    Bygone London Frederick Ross
  • Every man's house, ay, the poorest among them, should have in it a flitch of good bacon.

  • Of Flixton in Lancashire the authorities suggest, “perhaps a town of the flitch”.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
  • The flitch gave out last night, and we had nothin' but corn pone, buttermilk and potatoes.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • The fork timbers were let into the stern-post, and carried the transom, wrought out of a flitch of elm 31⁄2 in.

British Dictionary definitions for flitch


a side of pork salted and cured
a steak cut from the side of certain fishes, esp halibut
a piece of timber cut lengthways from a tree trunk, esp one that is larger than 4 by 12 inches
(transitive) to cut (a tree trunk) into flitches
Word Origin
Old English flicce; related to Old Norse flikki, Middle Low German vlicke, Norwegian flika; see flesh
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Word Origin and History for flitch

"side of bacon," Middle English flicche (early 13c.), from Old English flicce, related to Old Norse flikki, Middle Low German vlicke "piece of flesh." Not immediately connected to flesh (n.), but perhaps from the same PIE root. A flitch was presented every year at Dunmow, in Essex, to any married couple who could prove they had lived together without quarreling for a year and a day, a custom mentioned as far back as mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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