Answer: to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
Word Origin Middle English: of unknown origin.
Scrabble Points: 13
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Filch derives from the Middle English word filchen ("to attack" or "to steal") and perhaps from Old English gefylce ("band of men troop army"). As a noun filch once referred to a hooked staff used by thieves to snatch articles out of windows and from similar places but this use is now obsolete. Examples of filch in a Sentence
to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep too hungry to wait until the party had started he filched a cookie from the buffet table when no one was looking
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Argus Filch was a Squib and the caretaker of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since around 1973. Filch usually wandered around the school corridors with his cat Mrs Norris trying to catch students breaking the school rules and complaining about Peeves the Poltergeist.
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