1. (UK Und.) thieving.
|Heart of London II i: shut.: What the deuce brought you here? covey.: Oh, a little screen faking, that’s all.|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 127: Come all you jolly covies, vot faking do admire.‘The Faker’s New Toast’ in Farmer|
|Lavengro II 30: Do you think my own child would have been transported [...] if there had been any harm in faking?|
2. (UK Und.) cheating (e. g. at a card game).
|Vocabulum 30: faiking Cutting out the wards of a key.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 111/2: Keeip thau ‘lyghts’ open, wilt thau? an’ iv thau ‘pypes’ any bloody ‘faikin’’ at wurk ‘sling’ mi t’ ‘office’.|
3. (UK prison) counterfeiting illness.
|Leaves from a Prison Diary I 145: Another and more frequent means of ‘fetching the farm’ is termed ‘faiking’ (malingering).|
4. making, constructing.
|Signor Lippo 91: My old man was a romany and got his dudder by chinay-faking and mush-faking.|
(UK Und.) a thief.
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 124: The faking boy to the crap is gone, / At the nubbing-cheat you’ll find him.‘The Faking Boy to the Crap is Gone’ in Farmer|
|‘Wakefield Gaol’ in Touch of the Times 250: My fakin’ kid, what brought you here?|