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[peech] /pitʃ/ Slang.
verb (used without object)
1.
to inform against an accomplice or associate.
verb (used with object)
2.
to inform against; betray.
Origin of peach2
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English peche, aphetic variant of Middle English apeche < Anglo-French apecher < Late Latin impedicāre to hold up. See impeach
Related forms
peacher, noun
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Examples from the Web for peaching
Historical Examples
  • This may have been due to the fact that he saw that "peaching" on his confederates was the only method of escape.

  • That would have been peaching; that would have been blowing on us all.

  • Not much chance of his peaching, if it had been a hanging matter.'

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • "That canting hound has been peaching at last," quoth he to himself.

  • It had been, of course, the perfect opportunity for me, who was subdued to sneaking and peaching also.

  • Burglars are peaching against each other; there is no longer honor among thieves.

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
  • We're going to hang you for peaching against your pals; and that's an end of the palaver.

    My Friend The Murderer A. Conan Doyle
  • But, my worthy friend, we have been acquainted too long for you to fear my 'peaching aught concerning you or your doings.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • Still, I am really very grateful to kind Mr Simson for not peaching.

    Digby Heathcote W.H.G. Kingston
  • I've half a mind to tell you, though there 's one on board here would come down pretty heavily on me for peaching.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for peaching

peach1

/piːtʃ/
noun
1.
a small rosaceous tree, Prunus persica, with pink flowers and rounded edible fruit: cultivated in temperate regions See also nectarine (sense 1)
2.
the soft juicy fruit of this tree, which has a downy reddish-yellow skin, yellowish-orange sweet flesh, and a single stone See also nectarine (sense 2)
3.
  1. a pinkish-yellow to orange colour
  2. (as adjective): a peach dress
4.
(informal) a person or thing that is especially pleasing
Word Origin
C14 peche, from Old French, from Medieval Latin persica, from Latin Persicum mālum Persian apple

peach2

/piːtʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive except in obsolete uses) (slang) to inform against an accomplice
Derived Forms
peacher, noun
Word Origin
C15: variant of earlier apeche, from French, from Late Latin impedicāre to entangle; see impeach
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Word Origin and History for peaching

peach

n.

c.1400 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pesche "peach, peach tree" (Old North French peske, Modern French pêche), and directly from Medieval Latin pesca, from Late Latin pessica, variant of persica "peach, peach tree," from Latin malum Persicum, literally "Persian apple," translating Greek Persikon malon, from Persis "Persia" (see Persian).

In ancient Greek Persikos could mean "Persian" or "the peach." The tree is native to China, but reached Europe via Persia. By 1663 William Penn observed peaches in cultivation on American plantations. Meaning "attractive woman" is attested from 1754; that of "good person" is from 1904. Peaches and cream in reference to a type of complexion is from 1901. Peach blossom as a color is from 1702. Georgia has been the Peach State since 1939.

v.

"to inform against," 1560s (earlier "to accuse, indict, bring to trial," mid-15c.), a shortening of appeach, an obsolete variant of impeach. Related: Peached; peaching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for peaching

peach

noun

  1. An attractive young woman: She really was a ''peach'' (1754+)
  2. Any remarkable, admirable, amiable, or attractive person: You're a peach (1904+)
  3. Anything superior or admirable: The hotel was a peach (1870+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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