(Derogatory) An ordinary person, especially one from the lower social classes.
Mid 17th century: originally as plural plebs, from Latin plebs the common people. Later a shortened form of plebeian.
“Due to the mix up we plebs got to mingle with the hoity-toity in the VIP area.”
“He considers everyone outside his social circle to be plebs and incapable of rational thought.”
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.