As verbs the difference between swipe and filch
is that swipe
is to steal or snatch while filch
is to steal, to illegally take possession of.
As a noun swipe
is (countable) a quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; a sweep.
To steal or snatch.
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- Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
- "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
To grab or bat quickly.
- He swiped his card at the door.
- The cat swiped at the shoelace.
(countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
(countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
(countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
(uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
- Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.
To steal, to illegally take possession of.
- Hey! Someone filched my noggin.
* lift, nick, pinch, pocket, rob, thieve, flog, (Cockney rhyming slang) half-inch, (slang) knock off, (slang) jack
* See also