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I would like to find the translation of "gage". I can't find it in the dictionary.
In some games, if someone loses, they will have a "gage" (a kind of challenge to take up).
Can you help me?
The word's more or less defunct, but it lives on in the word 'mortgage'; you can see the forfeit in that from two directions. There's the forfeit that a house buyer pays every month, or there's the larger forfeit (the house price) that the lender pays in case of death (mort).
Yes. A challenge was by convention signalled by throwing down a glove. Picking up the glove meant the challenge was accepted. 'Wager' and 'gage' are closely related.
But in Will's context 'forfeit' is the appropriate synonym.