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 Forgiveness.Forks. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fork Out.
 
Hand over; pay down; stand treat. Fingers are called forks, and this may suffice to explain the phrase; if not, we have the Anglo-Saxon verb feccan (to draw out, to take), and “fork out” would be “fec out.”   1
 


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