Etymology
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filch (v.)

"steal," especially in a small, sly way, 1560s, slang, perhaps from c. 1300 filchen "to snatch, take as booty," which is of unknown origin. Liberman says filch probably is from German filzen "comb through." Related: Filched; filching.

updated on November 06, 2014

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Definitions of filch from WordNet

filch (v.)
make off with belongings of others;
Synonyms: pilfer / cabbage / purloin / pinch / abstract / snarf / swipe / hook / sneak / nobble / lift
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