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Alleged Australianism. Possibly derived from regional UK to steal or pilfer. DCDuring 11:43, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

From snaffle, possibly? Algrif 12:29, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
It's in The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English according to Google Books, although it won't let me view the page. (I removed the usage note as probably inaccurate.) --Ptcamn 03:24, 14 November 2007 (UTC)

The The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English states -

(patial quote) Snavel - verb To Steal something (Australia 1892) While I got stuck in sick bay all the good hiding places got snavelled. (end patial quote)

I added a reference to a recent book and removed the verification request. I do wonder if it derives from the Dutch word. It certainly rings a bell to any Dutch speaker: its meaning is immediately recognizable. It calls up connotations like: als de kippen erbij zijn: to jump on it like the chickens (on food) 02:59, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

cited, rfvpassed - [The]DaveRoss 18:02, 13 April 2008 (UTC)