verb[with object] • informal
- Pilfer or steal (something, especially a thing of small value) in a casual way: I was promptly accused of filching Mr. Muir’s ideaMore example sentences
- Federal authorities have prosecuted thieves who have used stolen passwords to filch credit reports and steal from thousands of consumers.
- He had filched food, stolen everything from money to clothes and had spent a lot of his time running from police for some crime or another.
- Although the Princeton official's motives were not revealed, the break-in was thought to be an academic Watergate, an illicit attempt to filch information on what the competition was up to.
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- The unscrupulous filchers of this technology then intend to sell the chip back to interested US arms companies - or worse, to the highest bidder.
- Then there's my 83-year-old cousin, whose stock-in-trade is a trick that he plays with a scrub jay that nests in the area, a garbage filcher named JJ.
- I am a food-filcher.
Middle English: of unknown origin.