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1. A contemptible person.
2. An informer.
3. A hired strikebreaker.
intr.v. finked, fink·ing, finks
1. To inform against another person.
2. To withhold promised support or participation: They said they'd help us, but then finked out.
[Perhaps from German student slang Fink, student not belonging to a student association (from German, finch; akin to Old English finc) or perhaps from such German compounds as Schmutzfink, dirty person, mudslinger : Schmutz, filth + Fink, finch (perhaps influenced by Rotwelsch (German underworld argot) Fink, Pink, man; akin to Frisian pink, little finger, penis).]
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1. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) a strikebreaker; blackleg
2. an informer, such as one working for the police; spy
3. an unpleasant, disappointing, or contemptible person
(often foll by: on) to inform (on someone), as to the police
[C20: of uncertain origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
fink(fɪŋk) Slang. n.
1. a strikebreaker.
2. a labor spy.
3. an informer.
4. a contemptible person.v.i.
5. to inform to the police; squeal.
6. to act as a strikebreaker; scab.
7. fink out, to renege.
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Past participle: finked
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|Noun||1.||fink - someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police|
|Verb||1.||fink - take the place of work of someone on strike|
|2.||fink - confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure|
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fink[fɪŋk] N (US) (= informer) → soplón/ona m/f; (= strikebreaker) → rompehuelgas mf inv, esquirol m
fink out VI + ADV (US) → acobardarse
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
fink(dated US sl)
(= strikebreaker) → Streikbrecher(in) m(f)
(= contemptible person) → Saftsack m (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
fink[fɪŋk] n (Am) → informatore/trice
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995