Filch (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Filched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Filching.] [Cf. AS. feoln 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.

Fain would they filch that little food away. Dryden.

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

 

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