Filch
Filch Filch (f[i^]lch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Filched} (f[i^]lcht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Filching}.] [Cf. AS. feolan to stick to, OHG. felhan, felahan, to hide, Icel. fela, Goth. filhan to hide, bury, Prov. E. feal to hide slyly, OE. felen.] To steal or take privily (commonly, that which is of little value); to pilfer. [1913 Webster]

Fain would they filch that little food away. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

But he that filches from me my good name, Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • filch — steal, 1560s, slang, perhaps from c.1300 filchen to snatch, take as booty, of unknown origin. Liberman says filch is probably from Ger. filzen comb through. Related: Filched; filching …   Etymology dictionary

  • filch — [filch] vt. [ME filchen] to steal (usually something small or petty); pilfer …   English World dictionary

  • filch — index embezzle, pilfer, poach, purloin, steal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • filch — [fıltʃ] v [T] informal [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Perhaps from Old English fylcan to arrange soldiers, attack, take ] to steal something small or not very valuable British Equivalent: pinch, nick ▪ He filched a bottle of wine from the cellar …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • filch — [ fıltʃ ] verb transitive INFORMAL to steal something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • filch — vb purloin, lift, pilfer, *steal, pinch, snitch, swipe, cop Analogous words: snatch, grab, *take, seize, grasp: *rob, plunder, loot, rifle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • filch — [v] steal cop*, crib*, embezzle, hustle*, lift*, misappropriate, pilfer*, pinch*, purloin, rip off*, rob, scrounge, sneak, snipe, snitch*, swipe, take, thieve, walk off with*; concepts 139,142 Ant. contribute, give …   New thesaurus

  • filch — ► VERB informal ▪ pilfer; steal. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • filch — filcher, n. filchingly, adv. /filch/, v.t. to steal (esp. something of small value); pilfer: to filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants. [1250 1300; ME filchen to attack (in a body), take as booty, OE fylcian to marshal (troops), draw (soldiers) up …   Universalium

  • filch — v. (d; tr.) ( to steal ) to filch from * * * [fɪltʃ] (d; tr.) (to steal ) to filch from …   Combinatory dictionary

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