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Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
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Etymology 1

From Old French forge, earlier faverge, from Latin fabrica workshop, from faber (genitive fabri) workman in hard materials, smith. Sense of to counterfeit is in Anglo-French verb forger falsify, from Old French forgier, from Latin fabricari to frame, construct, build.

Noun

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forge

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  1. furnace or hearth where metals are heated prior to hammering them into shape
  2. workshop in which metals are shaped by heating and hammering them
  3. A counterfeit
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Etymology 2

Make way, move ahead, most likely an alteration of force, but perhaps from forge (n.), via notion of steady hammering at something. Originally nautical, in referrence to vessels.

Verb

Infinitive
to forge

Third person singular
forges

Simple past
forged

Past participle
-

Present participle
forging

to forge (third-person singular simple present forges, present participle forging, simple past and past participle forged)
  1. To shape a metal by heating and hammering.
  2. To form or create with concerted effort.
    The politician's recent actions are an effort to forge a relationship with undecided voters.
  3. To create a forgery of; to make a counterfeit item of; to copy or imitate unlawfully.
    He had to forge his ex-wife's signature.
    The jury learned the documents had been forged.
  4. (often as forge ahead) To move forward heavily and slowly (originally as a ship); to advance gradually but steadily; to proceed towards a goal in the face of resistance or difficulty.
    The party of explorers forged through the thick underbrush.
    We decided to forge ahead with our plans even though our biggest underwriter backed out.
  5. (sometimes as forge ahead) To advance, move or act with an abrupt increase in speed or energy.
    With seconds left in the race, the runner forged into first place.
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