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From Middle English flicche, from Old English fli??e (“side of an animal, flitch”), from Proto-Germanic *flikkij? (“side, flitch”), from Proto-Indo-European *pleh??- (“to tear, peel off”). Cognate with Low German flikke, French flèche, Icelandic flikki (“flitch”), Middle Low German vlicke.
flitch (plural flitches)
- (transitive) To cut into, or off in, flitches or strips.