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Alleged Australianism. Possibly derived from regional UK to steal or pilfer. DCDuring 11:43, 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) etc.nl:Gebruiker:Jcwf
184.108.40.206 02:59, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
- cited, rfvpassed - [The]DaveRoss 18:02, 13 April 2008 (UTC)