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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1200-1300
Origin: FORGE2. forge ahead 1600-1700 Probably from FORCE1

forge

1 verb
     
forge1
1 [transitive] to develop something new, especially a strong relationship with other people, groups, or countries [= form]
forge a relationship/alliance/link etc (with somebody)
In 1776 the United States forged an alliance with France.
The two women had forged a close bond.
Back in the 1980s, they were attempting to forge a new kind of rock music.
2SCC [transitive] to illegally copy something, especially something printed or written, to make people think that it is real [↪ counterfeit]:
Someone stole my credit card and forged my signature.
a forged passport
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] written to move somewhere or continue doing something in a steady determined way
forge into/through
Crowds of people forged through the streets towards the embassy.
He forged into the lead in the fourth set.
Her speech wasn't going down too well, but she forged on.
4 [transitive] to make something from a piece of metal by heating the metal and shaping it

forge ahead

phrasal verb
to make progress, especially quickly
forge ahead with
Jo's forging ahead with her plans to write a film script.
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