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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Filch.
 
To steal or purloin. A filch is a staff with a hook at the end, for plucking clothes from hedges and abstracting articles from shop windows. Probably it is a corruption of pilfer. (Welsh, yspeilio and yspeiliwr; Spanish, pellizcar: French, piller and peler. Filch and pilfer are variants of the same word.   1
       
“With cunning hast thou filched my daughter’s heart.”
       
Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, i. 2.
 


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