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Fork Out

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Hand over; pay down; stand treat. Fingers are called forks, and this may suffice to explain the phrase; if not, we have the Anglo-Saxon verb feccan (to draw out, to take), and “fork out” would be “fec out.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Fordelis (in Orlando Furioso)
Fore
Fore-and-Aft
Forecastle
Foreclose
Fore-shortened
Forfar
Forget-me-nots of the Angels
Forgive, blest Shade
Forgiveness
Fork Out
Forks
Forked Cap (A)
Forlorn Hope
Forlot or Firlot
Forma Pauperis (Latin, Under plea of poverty)
Fortiter in Re (Latin)
Fortunate Islands
Fortunatus
Fortune
Fortunio