Strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something.
The French roots for the word exhort mean “thoroughly encourage,” so to exhort is to fill up with encouragement.
“He exhorts me not to take the problems of the world so seriously, and to have more faith.”
“Another passage was the one where Miss Brodie exhorts her girls to be sure to recognise their prime and to live it to the full.”
A heavy blow with the hand or a hard object: Influence or power, especially in politics or business.
(archaic) A piece of cloth or article of clothing which is the clout mentioned in the proverb; “ne’er cast a clout till May be out” with May more likely to mean the blossom of the Hawthorn than the month.
Pilfer or steal (something, especially an item of small value) in a casual way.
Middle English filchen to attack (in a body), take as booty, Old English fylcian to marshal (troops), draw (soldiers) up in battle array, derivative of gefylce band of men; akin to folk.