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fingers were made before forks
proverb A justification for eating with one's hands instead of utensils. Aw Mom, fingers were made before forks—can't I just eat my chicken nuggets in peace?
fork in the road
1. Literally, the point at which one road splits or separates off into other roads. There's a fork in the road up ahead—which way should I go? OK, keep going straight until you reach the fork in the road, then turn right.
2. By extension, the point at which one must make a decision between two or more drastically different choices or opportunities. After college, I was at a real fork in the road. Should I try to find work right away, or should I got back to school to pursue a master's degree? We ran into something of a fork in a road in the middle of development. Do we listen to early user feedback and completely overhaul the game's design, or do we stick with our original plan and release the game on schedule?
1. To split and continue on in a different direction. The road's going to fork off to the right in a couple of miles, which will lead you to our cabin. Several people in the group forked off to explore the other side of the mansion.
2. A humorous euphemism for "fuck off," an otherwise very rude and aggressive way to tell someone to go away. Fork off, will you? I don't want to hear any more of your ridiculous conspiracy theories. A: "Did you actually think your singing sounded good there?" B: "Oh, just fork off."
1. To distribute food with a fork. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fork" and "out." One of the caterers carved the meat and then forked it out for waiting guests.
2. To give or dispense something, often money. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fork" and "out." If you want the most cutting edge technology, you'd better be prepared to fork out the dough for it.
3. To split off or move away from something else, as of a body of water. That part of the river forks out from where we're standing now.
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!
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.
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!
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!
A humorous euphemism for "fuck you," a forceful expression of anger, dismissal, or contempt directed at someone. I'm not cleaning up your mess! Fork you! A: "Did you actually think your singing sounded good there?" B: "Oh, fork you." I have every right to be here, so fork you!
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.
play a good knife and fork
To eat vigorously. My, you're playing a good knife and fork tonight—you must be hungry!
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
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Morton's forka 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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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.
fork overor 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.
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fork something over
tv. to hand something over (to someone). Okay, fork over the dough and be quick about it!
exclam. Fuck you! (A partial disguise. Rude and derogatory.) Fork you, you stupid twit!
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fork over, to
To pay up, to hand over. This slangy term probably comes from the verb “to fork,” underground slang for picking someone’s pocket using only two fingers (resembling a two-tined fork). Dating from the first half of the 1800s, the term occasionally alluded to turning over something other than money, but it is the monetary version that survived. It also is put as an imperative, “Fork it over!” According to an article in Fortune by Rob Norton, it is one of the many clichés particularly favored by business journalists (Jan. 13, 1997).
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