fake out


faked out; faking out; fakes out

transitive verb

: to deliberately mislead : fool, trick

Examples of fake out in a Sentence

my friends faked me out for a whole day, letting me think that they had forgotten my birthday used a quick between-the-legs dribble to fake out the flat-footed defender
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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fake out was in 1949

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“Fake out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fake%20out. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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