fink out
intransitive verb Date: 1956 back out, cop out

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fink out (on someone or something) — in. o decide not to cooperate with someone or something (after all). □ Come on, don’t fink out on us now. □ Bob finked out on the plan …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • fink N. Amer. — fink N. Amer. informal noun 1》 an unpleasant or contemptible person. 2》 an informer. verb 1》 (fink on) inform on. 2》 (fink out) back out of a responsibility. Origin C19: of unknown origin; perh. from Ger., lit. finch , but also a pejorative term …   English new terms dictionary

  • fink — ☆ fink [fiŋk ] n. [Ger, lit., FINCH, used since the 17th c. as generalized pejorative; adopted ( c. 1740) by students at Jena for nonmembers of fraternities (prob. in allusion to the wild bird in contrast to the caged canary); later extended to… …   English World dictionary

  • fink — /fingk/, Slang. n. 1. a strikebreaker. 2. a labor spy. 3. an informer; stool pigeon. 4. a contemptible or thoroughly unattractive person. v.i. 5. to inform to the police; squeal. 6. to act as a strikebreaker; scab. 7. fink out, a. to withdraw …   Universalium

  • fink — [[t]fɪŋk[/t]] sl. 1) sts a strikebreaker 2) sts a labor spy 3) sts an informer 4) sts a contemptible person 5) sts to inform to the police; squeal 6) sts to act as a strikebreaker; scab 7) sts phv fink out to renege • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • fink on — [phrasal verb] fink on (someone) US, informal : to tell someone about the bad behavior or criminal activity of (another person) The other gang members will kill him if they find out that he finked on them (to the police). • • • Main Entry: ↑fink …   Useful english dictionary

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