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fork out the dough

To pay, generally unwillingly, a certain amount of money. If you want the most cutting edge technology, you'd better be prepared to fork out the dough for it. Listen, fork out the dough or you'll never see your husband again!
See also: dough, fork, out

fork over the dough

To pay, generally unwillingly, a certain amount of money. If you want the most cutting edge technology, you'd better be prepared to fork over the dough for it. Listen, fork over the dough or you'll never see your husband again!
See also: dough, fork, over

stick a fork in (me/it/something)

A phrase used to indicate that one or something is finished, complete, or no longer able to continue. Alludes to the practice of testing how thoroughly a piece of meat is cooked by piercing it with a fork. Barbara: "Johnny, would you like any more of this cake?" Johnny: "No thank you, Barb. You can stick a fork in me, I'm done!" I'd say we just need one more week on the project, and then you'll be able to stick a fork in it!
See also: fork, stick

fork the fingers

To give a rude gesture with one's hand. This phrase is rarely heard today. I told you, it was an honest mistake, so don't fork the fingers at me!
See also: finger, fork

play a good knife and fork

To eat vigorously. My, you're playing a good knife and fork tonight—you must be hungry!
See also: and, fork, good, knife, play

fork over

To physically give someone something, often reluctantly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fork" and "over." If you want the most cutting edge technology, you'd better be prepared to fork over the dough for it. Fork over your lunch money, dweeb.
See also: fork, over

Morton's fork

A decision in which either of two outcomes will result in equally unpleasant or unfavorable consequences. Many voters feel like they're facing their own Morton's fork this election, having to choose between two candidates that both have record-low approval ratings.
See also: fork

Fingers were made before forks.

Prov. It is all right to eat with one's fingers because people had to eat somehow before there were forks. (Used to justify eating something with your fingers.) Mother: Put that chicken wing back on your plate and eat it properly, with a knife and fork. Child: But Mom, fingers were made before forks. I don't see why it's considered bad manners to eat with your fingers. Fingers were made before forks.
See also: before, Finger, fork, made

fork some money out (for something)

Fig. to pay (perhaps unwillingly) for something. (Often mention is made of the amount of money. See the examples.) Do you think I'm going to fork twenty dollars out for that book? Forking out lots of money for taxes is part of life.
See also: fork, money, out

fork something out

 (to someone)
1. Inf. Lit. to serve food to someone, using a fork. He forked out the chicken to everyone. He brought up a big dish of fried chicken and forked it out.
2. Fig. to give out something to someone. We forked the coupons out to everyone who asked for them. We forked out the coupons.
See also: fork, out

fork something over (to someone)

Inf. to give something to someone. (Usually refers to money.) Come on! Fork the money over to me! Fork over the cash you owe me!
See also: fork, over

fork over

Also, fork out or up . Hand over, pay up. For example, It's time you forked over what you owe, or He forked out a hundred for that meal, or Fork up or we'll sue. [Slang; early 1800s]
See also: fork, over

Morton's fork

a situation in which there are two choices or alternatives whose consequences are equally unpleasant.
John Morton ( c .1420–1500 ) was Archbishop of Canterbury and chief minister of Henry VII . Morton's fork was the argument used by him to extract contributions to the royal treasury: the obviously rich must have money and the frugal must have savings, so neither could evade his demands.
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fork out

1. To distribute or supply something, especially money: The government forks out millions of dollars to maintain the royal palace. The town finally forked the cash out for a new high school.
2. To split or diverge; fork: The river forks out in numerous places in the delta.
See also: fork, out

fork over

or fork up
To give or transfer something, especially in a reluctant, unenthusiastic, or automatic way: I thought the rug was overpriced, but I forked the cash over. We forked over our admission tickets to the usher and walked into the theater.
See also: fork, over

fork something over

tv. to hand something over (to someone). Okay, fork over the dough and be quick about it!
See also: fork, over, something

Fork you!

exclam. Fuck you! (A partial disguise. Rude and derogatory.) Fork you, you stupid twit!
See also: fork
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To expand and elucidate: if the theoretically expected number of habits shared between Hand D in More and each Shakespeare play, arranged in chronological sequence, is subtracted from the number observed by Forker, each successive difference can be added cumulatively to the previous difference to make a running total or cumulative sum.
The difference between quilts and coverlets is ambiguous in the marketplace, Forker said.
Forker was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Smarts, now an EMC company, where he drove revenue growth from $15 million to $71 million in three years, achieving 16 profitable quarters, while managing a 120 person sales organization.
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Forker said American Pacific, in conjunction with Dockers, developed the national ad.
Prior to joining Integrien, Forker was the senior vice president of worldwide sales at SMARTS, now part of EMC, where he drove revenue growth from $15 million to $71 million in just three years, achieving 16 profitable quarters.
Subs: N Grimley for Vernon (43), A Duffy (0-1) for O'Neill (48), G McParland (0-1, f) for Grugan (58), N Rowland for Forker (65), C McKeever for Campbell (76),C O'Hanlon for Murnin (76) REFEREE: Conor Lane (Cork)
ARMAGH 1-17 ROSCOMMON 1-12 STEFAN FORKER netted the golden goal to move Armagh within 70 minutes of the All-Ireland quarterfinals.
We continue to see the packaging printing market as one of the few printing segments with sustainable long-term growth prospects," Siegwerk CEO Herbert Forker said.
Swifts looked a lot sharper in the second half, but all they had to show for the ceaseless efforts was a goal in the 58th minute from Conor Forker.
There is not the price resistance and the promotional activity surrounding quilts that we saw in the '90s when the market started to bottom out," said Kaela Forker, vice president of sales for American Pacific.
The LPGA is experiencing tremendous growth and success, and the organization is very pleased to have unanimously identified a proven, dynamic leader who will continue to build on this unparalleled momentum, as well as create new and prosperous opportunities for the LPGA," said Rae Forker Evans, chairwoman of the LPGA Board of Directors and co-chair of the commissioner search committee.
Armagh skipper Aidan Forker picked up a straight red card towards the end of the first half in Pairc Esler, but his team were already struggling.
In this newly created function, Dan McDowell is responsible for the implementation of standardized systems and processes within Siegwerk worldwide," said CEO Herbert Forker.
GOAL hero Conor Forker insists Armagh City can spoil Linfield's Championship party next week.