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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 news

1. Fabricated news reports presented as authentic. As they aim to drive web traffic to the providing website, they often have provocative headlines. That story is clearly fake news, spreading lies in support of a thinly-veiled political agenda.
2. By extension, any news report that one judges to be biased or inaccurate. That article came from a legitimate site, so you can't just dismiss it as fake news.
See also: fake, news

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.
See also: fake

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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Crooks have also been duping shopkeepers with fake champagne and wine including Jacob's Creek, Echo Falls and Blossom Hill.
IT may look good, but fake make-up packed with poison is being sold across Britain.
While people in low- and middle-income countries are often at greater risk than those in high-income countries, fake medicines are a global problem.
Besides fake parts, customers have also raised concerns about "dirty tricks" some unscrupulous insurance companies indulge in.
It's almost certainly French and may be by the best known European firm responsible for fakes in the 19th and 20th centuries, Samson of Paris, although I'm not sure the quality is good enough, even allowing for the amateurish restoration the figure has undergone.
The UK newspaper The Observer had also reported recently that fake Chinese drugs were flooding the UK market.
The site - apparently removed as a result of The Journal investigation - said: "Whether you lost your original or would like an authentic-looking fake novelty diploma to show to friends and family - you can order it here.
We are no longer talking about just fake watches, but the counterfeiting of car parts, aircraft parts and even complete cars such as this Ferrari, which could have serious consequences, not just in terms of fraud but in people's safety.
They bought counterfeit Prada shoes, bogus Christian Dior bags and a fake Chloe bag.
If the defense is intent on stopping the counter-trey, we will fake the run and "boot" the opposite way.
American businesses lose between $200 billion and $250 billion annually to the fakes.
Thousands of fakes were seized by cops at the house in Blantyre, Lanarkshire.
During fakes, many of the brain regions with increased activity were ones involved in muscle control.
Disappointed fans who have bought the fakes have been turned away when they try to exchange them.