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[feyk] /feɪk/
verb (used with object), faked, faking.
1.
to lay (a rope) in a coil or series of long loops so as to allow to run freely without fouling or kinking (often followed by down).
noun
2.
any complete turn of a rope that has been faked down.
3.
any of the various ways in which a rope may be faked down.
Also, flake.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English faken to coil (a rope), of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for fake down

fake1

/feɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cause (something inferior or not genuine) to appear more valuable, desirable, or real by fraud or pretence
2.
to pretend to have (an illness, emotion, etc): to fake a headache
3.
to improvise (music, stage dialogue, etc)
noun
4.
an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery
adjective
5.
not genuine; spurious
Derived Forms
faker, noun
fakery, noun
Word Origin
originally (C18) thieves' slang to mug or do someone; probably via Polari from Italian facciare to make or do

fake2

/feɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) usually foll by down. to coil (a rope) on deck
noun
2.
one round of a coil of rope
Word Origin
Middle English faken, perhaps via Lingua Franca from Italian facciare to make or do; see fake1
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Word Origin and History for fake down

fake

attested in London criminal slang as adjective (1775), verb (1812), and noun (1851, of persons 1888), but probably older. A likely source is feague "to spruce up by artificial means," from German fegen "polish, sweep," also "to clear out, plunder" in colloquial use. "Much of our early thieves' slang is Ger. or Du., and dates from the Thirty Years' War" [Weekley]. Or it may be from Latin facere "to do." Related: Faked; fakes; faking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fake down

fake

adjective

: Sham; deceptive

noun

A sham or deception; something spurious (1827+)

verb
  1. To make something spurious; imitate deceptively: He was good at faking Old Masters (1812+)
  2. To improvise lines in a play (1909+ Theater)
  3. fake it

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr earlier feak, feague, or fig, ''to spruce up, esp by deceptive artificial means''; perhaps ultimately fr German fegen, ''clean, furbish,'' or Latin facere, ''to do'']


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