- to steal (especially something of small value); pilfer: to filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants.
Origin of filch
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Examples from the Web for filching
Could being accused of filching a fragile old lady out of her pennies spell the end for Nicolas Sarkozy?Sarkozy’s Old Lady Troubles
March 22, 2013
And as to filching, let me tell you that all your property at Crom is intact.The Mystery of the Sea
And how pitiable the spirit that prompted to a filching of half-crowns!In the Year of Jubilee
The Doctor was more than displeased when he heard from Halsey of the filching of the gold.From School to Battle-field
I shall teach him a lesson for filching hens or cocks!Doctor Rat.Gammer Gurton's Needle
Mr. S. Mr. of Art
Then, addressing the child, she said, "What do folks mean when they talk of filching?"
- (tr) to steal or take surreptitiously in small amounts; pilfer
Word Origin and History for filching
"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.