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Unknown Britishism, of uncertain origin.

Perhaps from fain, homonym of feign (to pretend) and ague (acute illness) or cognate French aigüe (as in maladie aiguë, “acute illness”) – literally “to act sick”.


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fainaigue (third-person singular simple present fainaigues, present participle fainaiguing, simple past and past participle fainaigued)

  1. (intransitive) To evade work or shirk responsibility.
  2. (intransitive) To renege in card games.

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