The origin is not known with certainty, although first attested in 1775 in British criminals' slang. It is probably from feak, feague; akin to Dutch veeg ("a slap"), vegen; German fegen ("to sweep, to polish"). Compare Old English fācn, fācen. Perhaps related to Old Norse fjúka ("fade, vanquish, disappear"), feikn.
From Middle English faken ("to coil a rope").
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