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filch (verb) steal.

When a person filches, they steal some things, especially of low value - a small amount of money, a cheap wristwatch, or things of a little value like them. Fruits from a shop and small things from department stores are among the things filched by people committing petty thefts.

  • Fagin, a notorious old thief in Dickens' novel 'Oliver Twist', gathered street children and trained them in filching, and he made money out of the things they stole.
  • Ham was fired from his job for no more a crime than filching stationery from the company's stores.
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