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- n. Alternative form of infangthief.
- v. To draw or take in.
- v. To cheat; gull; take in.
- v. To seize; get into one's clutches.
Shortened from infangthief. (Wiktionary)
From in- + fang. Compare Old English onfōn (past participle onfangen; "to take, receive, perceive, comprehend, accept, take to one’s self, sponsor, harbor, favor unrighteously, take hold of, undertake, undergo, begin, conceive"). (Wiktionary)