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fake check

1. A written order to a bank that has been forged. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. A lot of fake checks have been circulating in the area lately, claiming to be from the local university; in reality, they are scams trying to swindle people out of money.
2. A written order to a bank for a certain amount of funds that has been dishonored, either because such funds are not available or because the given checking account does not exist. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. My ex-husband has been writing fake checks all over town to pay for his gambling debt.
See also: check, fake

fake cheque

1. A written order to a bank that has been forged. Primarily heard in UK, Canada. A lot of fake cheques have been circulating in the area lately, claiming to be from the local university; in reality, they are scams trying to swindle people out of money.
2. A written order to a bank for a certain amount of funds that has been dishonored, either because such funds are not available or because the given checking account does not exist. Primarily heard in UK, Canada. My ex-husband has been writing fake cheques all over town to pay for his gambling debt.
See also: cheque, fake

fake it

to pretend (to do something). If you don't know the right notes, just fake it. I can't fake it anymore. I've got to be honest with you.
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fake off

Sl. to waste time; to goof off. Hey, you guys, quit faking off! All you clowns do is fake off. Now, get busy!
See also: fake, off

fake someone out

to deceive someone; to fool someone. You really faked me out. I never would have guessed it was you. The student tried to fake out the teacher.
See also: fake, out

fake someone out of something

Sl. to get something from someone by deception. He faked Tom out of his place in line. She faked me out of a lot of money.
See also: fake, of, out

fake out

v.
To fool someone into expecting that you will act in one manner, only to act in another: He faked me out by looking to the right but jumping to the left. The lights came on briefly to fake out the audience, but then they went out and the band returned to the stage.
See also: fake, out

fake it

tv. to pretend (to do something). If you don’t know the right notes, just fake it.
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fake off

in. to waste time; to goof off. Hey, you guys, quit faking off! Get to work!
See also: fake, off

fake on someone

in. to deceive someone; to lie to someone; to stand someone up. If you fake on me again, we’re through.
See also: fake, on

fake someone out

tv. to deceive someone, as with a football pass. They faked me out, and then I stumbled over my own feet. The coach was fuming.
See also: fake, out

fake the funk

tv. to pretend to be in the know; to pretend to be fly; to fake being stylish. (Black.) He’s only faking the funk to survive in the hood. He gets an A in every class in school.
See also: fake, funk
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Loose philosophy and hackneyed music will earn the judgment of fakery.
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In a revealing question as he starts his book, Kennelly asks, "How much fakery glitters in the poetry world?
Some journalists have even resorted to fakery to support this false claim.
is does not appear to be a deterrent as fakery seems to be becoming more accepted in Britain for two reasons: the recession and because fashion is so transitory: buy a dress for one season, throw it away the next.
Sadly, the Beeb has a long and ignoble history of TV fakery.
THE X Factor is engulfed in another fakery row after it emerged One Direction's "live" performance on Saturday was recorded in October.
The 64-year-old laughed off the suggestion that female audiences relate to her because she seems 'real' in a world of Hollywood fakery.
Thankfully Mercury readers have me to act like a linguistic sieve, separating fact from fakery.