forge ahead


2 [fawrj, fohrj]
verb (used without object), forged, forging.
to move ahead slowly; progress steadily: to forge through dense underbrush.
to move ahead with increased speed and effectiveness (usually followed by ahead ): to forge ahead and finish the work in a burst of energy.

1605–15; origin uncertain Unabridged
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forge1 (fɔːdʒ)
1.  a place in which metal is worked by heating and hammering; smithy
2.  a hearth or furnace used for heating metal
3.  a machine used to shape metals by hammering
4.  (tr) to shape (metal) by heating and hammering
5.  (tr) to form, shape, make, or fashion (objects, articles, etc)
6.  (tr) to invent or devise (an agreement, understanding, etc)
7.  to make or produce a fraudulent imitation of (a signature, banknote, etc) or to commit forgery
[C14: from Old French forgier to construct, from Latin fabricāre, from faber craftsman]

forge2 (fɔːdʒ)
1.  to move at a steady and persevering pace
2.  to increase speed; spurt
[C17: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. forge, earlier faverge, from L. fabrica "workshop," from faber (gen. fabri) "workman in hard materials, smith." Sense of "to counterfeit" is in Anglo-Fr. verb forger "falsify," from O.Fr. forgier, from L. fabricari "to frame, construct, build." Related: Forged; forger; forging.

1610s, "make way, move ahead," most likely an alteration of force, but perhaps from forge (n.), via notion of steady hammering at something. Originally nautical, in reference to vessels.
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