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- v. To evade work or shirk responsibility
- v. To renege in card games
Unknown Britishism, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)
One proposed origin is in the southwest English shires: fainaigue, “to cheat; to renege on a debt; to deceive by flattery,” perhaps associated with the Old French fornier, “to deny.”
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