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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Probably from German fegen 'to sweep, polish'

fake

3 verb
     
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1 [transitive] to make something seem real in order to deceive people:
She faked her father's signature on the cheque.
The insurance company suspected that he had faked his own death.
The results of the experiments were faked.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to pretend to be ill, interested etc when you are not:
I thought he was really hurt but he was faking it.
3 [intransitive and transitive] to pretend to move in one direction, but then move in another, especially when playing sport:
He faked a pass.

fake somebody ↔ out

phrasal verb
to deceive someone by making them think you are planning to do something when you are really planning to do something else

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