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filch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v filch make off with belongings of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Filch fĭlch To steal or take privily (commonly, that which is of little value); to pilfer. "Fain would they filch that little food away.""But he that filches from me my good name,
      Robs me of that which not enriches him,
      And makes me poor indeed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • filch To steal, especially in a small, sly way; pilfer; take from another on a petty scale, as for the supply of a present need, or in an underhand way, as by violation of trust or good faith.
    • n filch A stick with a hook at the end, used in filching articles from windows, clothes-lines, etc.
    • n filch An act of theft; also, the thing stolen.
    • n filch One who filches or is given to filching; a filcher.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Filch filch to steal: to pilfer
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. unknown.

Usage

In literature:

Beth was the parson, of course, in a white sheet filched from the soiled-clothes bag, and changed for a black shawl for the sermon.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
AEsop grinned like a monkey whose nuts have been filched.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Advantages in war must be fought for; they cannot be filched.
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi
He had filched the army.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Some scamp had filched it from one of the churches and was trying to sell it.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
But it doesn't seem probable in the light of our undisturbed efforts to filch the code from you.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
That's something he's not been able to filch from me, the damned thief!
"The Fate of Felix Brand" by Florence Finch Kelly
Here was a man not to be annoyed by the mere filching of his story.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
Many of these were also built on land filched from the city.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
Had he not filched that fellow's birthright?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
That's an honest hand that never filched a penny.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
I will not filch my happiness, but win it.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
He extended the invitation he had just filched.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
He had no thought of filching Jim's secret from him.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
He thus did not conquer, but filch strength.
"Secret Diplomatic History of The Eighteenth Century" by Karl Marx
Some of them stole my writings, and some filched my discoveries.
"One Of Them" by Charles James Lever
You, who for the past half hour have tried to filch a secret from me bit by bit!
"The Laughing Cavalier" by Baroness Orczy
I had not supposed that Nora indulged in night gear filched from musical comedy.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
It was fair filching by night, as the Major will tell you.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
But what good did the birthright do to the supplanter who bought it, and filched the blessing with it?
"Misread Passage of Scriptures" by J. Baldwin Brown
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In poetry:

The fables of the world have filched away
The time I had for thinking upon God;
His grace lies buried 'neath oblivion's sod,
Whence springs an evil crop of sins alway.
"Lxvi. to giorgio vasari." by Michelangelo
And she, aloof, again rejoined: "One dies,
P'or, while you both live, my sweet fame lies dead,
And I myself am sick, yea, stricken down,
Till I regain my virtue which he filched!"
"The King Of Sardis" by E J Rupert Atkinson
"Who steals my purse, steals trash: 'tis something, nothing;
Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he, that filches from me my good name,
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed."—Shakspere.
"The Slanderer" by Samuel Bamford
O! fair, sweet Phyllis and sweet, fair May,
Which of you carried my heart away?
Who has my heart? I would like to know
Which was the guilty one of the two,
But I only know it was filched one day
By fair, sweet Phyllis, or sweet, fair May.
"To Phyllis And May" by Ellis Parker Butler
Knew moments mad with ecstasy, when years
And dreams a happy bridal knew
In Life attained; when mystery that grew
Around the fringe of Life generating years
Was swept into the magic of a morn
From darkness filched, from Love Eternal born.
"The Dead" by John William Streets
O every way
Unhappy sheep, unhappy flock! while he
Still courts Neaera, fearing lest her choice
Should fall on me, this hireling shepherd here
Wrings hourly twice their udders, from the flock
Filching the life-juice, from the lambs their milk.
"Eclogue 3: Menalcas Daemoetas Palaemon" by Publius Vergilius Maro

In news:

I no sooner got finished reporting here on China's trade in human organs filched from Falun Gong cadavers that I saw this piece in the London Times.
WASHINGTON — Keith McClinsey didn't bat an eyelash when he spotted a silver Champagne bucket for sale on eBay that had been filched by the seller's father during a long-ago party at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.
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