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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

v.
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
v.
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!
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Chopped salads are popular and still around because they taste good,'' says Larry Flax, co-founder and co-CEO, California Pizza Kitchen, adding that when you chop up a salad, you get even distribution of the ingredients and dressing - and all the flavors in each forkful.
Little Yasmin Khan got more than she bargained for when she tucked into a Pot Noodle and pulled out a forkful of beetles.
I was mindful to leave a little room - maybe a forkful - for dessert.
It's like smoky bacon-flavoured pork," enthused my friend Des as he helped himself to a forkful (too big a forkful for my liking).
I know I have a long way to go before my forkful of ratatouille reaches my table but I can already visualise it, I can even smell it
Everything about this dish was redolent of winter and absolutely perfect from first to last forkful.
It was gorgeously creamy, with chunks of cinder toffee throughout, and I was prepared to swat away my friend's hand, should she have attempted to steal a forkful.
With each forkful, you experience the buttery crumbling of crust; the chill of cool, rich, silky pastry cream; and the juicy explosion of luscious ripe fruit,'' says Dawn Yanagihara, senior editor, Cooks Illustrated magazine, who developed and tested the recipe for Fresh Fruit Tart With Pastry Cream in the recently released ``Baking Illustrated'' (America's Test Kitchen; $35).
Taking one's time in choosing, anticipating, savouring each forkful is anathema to men.
And I, tasting a forkful, can only conclude that her mum's rendition must be very good indeed.
30pm) MAKE sure you have your tea early, because you don't want to be half way through shovelling a forkful of egg and chips into your gullet watching Cotswolds pest controllers up to their elbows in an infestation of flies and rats.
Of course, if Gregg starts feeling the pinch, he could always try finishing off the three-course meals the amateur chefs have cooked for him, instead of just sampling one forkful - but what about the average consumer?
You're lifting a luscious forkful to your lips or popping in a jujube and up pops a do-gooder to describe what it will do to your gut.