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    Cool translation of "gage"

    Hello!

    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?

    Thank you
    Will

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    Re: translation of "gage"

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    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?

    Thank you
    Will
    It's a forfeit or penalty.

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    Re: translation of "gage"

    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).

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    Re: translation of "gage"

    gage: Definition from Answers.com

    Gage: Definition from Answers.com

    …he was going to throw down a very ugly gage of battle. (Ch. Kinsley, “Two Years Ago”)

    throw down a gage = throw down the gauntlet = get/ take a rise out of someone

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    Re: translation of "gage"

    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.

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