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2 [feyk] Nautical.
verb (used with object), faked, faking.
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 ).
any complete turn of a rope that has been faked down.
any of the various ways in which a rope may be faked down.
Also, flake.

1350–1400; Middle English faken to coil (a rope), of obscure origin

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fake1 (feɪk)
1.  (tr) 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)
4.  an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery
5.  not genuine; spurious
[originally (C18) thieves' slang to mug or do someone; probably via Polari from Italian facciare to make or do]

fake2 (feɪk)
vb (usually foll by down)
1.  to coil (a rope) on deck
2.  one round of a coil of rope
[Middle English faken, perhaps via Lingua Franca from Italian facciare to make or do; see fake1]

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Word Origin & History

attested in London criminal slang as adj. (1775), verb (1812), and noun (1827), but probably older. Likely source is feague "to spruce up by artificial means," from Ger. 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 L. facere "to do." Related: Faked; faker; fakes; faking.
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