• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fakement any swindling device
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prof. Skeat thinks it merely the Mid. Dut. facken, to catch; Mr Bradley suggests the earlier feak, feague, Ger. fegen, to furbish up.


In literature:

What a baby you are to spend your pennies in little fakements like that!
"Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille" by Emile Zola
Mr. Falkland 'll stand a farm, you may be sure, for this little fakement.
"Robbery Under Arms" by Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
It is plain that at this point the whole story has become what Borrow calls a 'fakement.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
It's a bloomin' mixed-up fakement, anyhow.
"Nevermore" by Rolf Boldrewood
It was a fakement o' the keeper's, that's what it was.
"Eli's Children" by George Manville Fenn