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- v. fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
Sorry, no etymologies found.
“Will you renege on your word, your highness?” one of them asked smoothly; the fair-haired Barquiel L’Envers, heir to a powerful Namarrese duchy, brother to Isabel L’Envers, another contender for the prince’s hand in marriage.
"Sorry, fathead; I'll have to renege on this one."
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.”
"Not at all, Mr. Biltzmann," Dunross said, gambling everything that Bartlett would not renege on the promise of cash, that he would close with Par-Con, extricate himself from Gornt and put his stock back into its rightful place by next weekend.
Maury Taylor would sell his soul to the devil, then renege on the deal if he got a better offer and higher ratings were involved.