- to lay (a rope) in a coil or series of long loops so as to allow to run freely without fouling or kinking (often followed by down).
- any complete turn of a rope that has been faked down.
- any of the various ways in which a rope may be faked down.
Origin of fake2
- (tr) to cause (something inferior or not genuine) to appear more valuable, desirable, or real by fraud or pretence
- to pretend to have (an illness, emotion, etc)to fake a headache
- to improvise (music, stage dialogue, etc)
- an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery
- not genuine; spurious
- (tr usually foll by down) to coil (a rope) on deck
- one round of a coil of rope
Word Origin and History for fake-down
attested in London criminal slang as adjective (1775), verb (1812), and noun (1851, of persons 1888), but probably older. A likely source is feague "to spruce up by artificial means," from German fegen "polish, sweep," also "to clear out, plunder" in colloquial use. "Much of our early thieves' slang is Ger. or Du., and dates from the Thirty Years' War" [Weekley]. Or it may be from Latin facere "to do." Related: Faked; fakes; faking.