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filch

[ filch ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to steal (especially something of small value); pilfer:

    to filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants.

    Synonyms: pinch, snaffle, lift, swipe, take, purloin



filch

/ fɪltʃ /

verb

  1. tr to steal or take surreptitiously in small amounts; pilfer


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Derived Forms

  • ˈfilcher, noun

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Other Words From

  • filcher noun
  • filching·ly adverb
  • un·filched adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of filch1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of filch1

C16 filchen to steal, attack, perhaps from Old English gefylce band of men

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Example Sentences

DarkSide’s site on the dark web identified dozens of victims and described the confidential data it claimed to have filched from them.

One evening, while filching food from an art-gallery buffet table, he’s accosted by a frosty, willowy blond, her hair marshalled into aggressive mermaid waves.

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For Nixon, it was the Watergate break-in, designed to filch political plans of his 1972 foes.

Come, Filch, you shall go with me into my own Room, and tell me the whole Story.

Is it reasonable to suppose that a girl who could slyly filch my property would put it where it could be found?

There are two great risks in reading sermon books—a tendency to imitate the style and a temptation to filch the jewels.

In his eagerness and greed he suspected nothing, but that on some pretext or other they were trying to filch from him his dues.

And she is to be allowed to filch it, as other widows filch china cups, and a silver teaspoon or two!

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