Term in pro wrestling. Kayfabe was the unsaid rule that the wrestlers should stay in character during the show and in public appearences in order to maintain a feeling of reality (albeit suspended) among the fans
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Wrestling term derived from "carnival talk" for the word "keep". Originally would have been pronounced more like "keel-feep". When said quickly, it sounds like kay-fabe. Used as shorthand term for "keep quiet", or "keep secret".
The word would not originally have been used as part of a sentence. It would have conveyed the meaning of a sentence in itself. The whole point of carnival talk was to speak quickly, and in manner that the "rubes" couldn't understand.
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Wrestling term meaning "top secret." It refers to the practice of maintaining the illusion that wrestling was 100% genuine.
The real reason for the outcome of the match is kayfabe.
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the use of terms (at one time unknown to fans) that would conceal the illusion of scripted wrestling. comes from the pig-latin pronunciation of the word, fake (akefay)
here come the fans, kayfabe time.
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kayfabe can be used as gaslight is used
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to lie or bullshit to; withhold information from; to purposely mislead or deceive; to make somebody believe something not true.
I kayfabed (to) that chick when I told her I had beaucoups of money; I'm actually a welfare recipient.
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The word can have multiple meanings. Mainly, it means to keep quiet about a situation, usually in a social setting. It can also mean to turn down or deny an opportunity for something.
I don't want him to find out about the bike, so kayfabe that.
Jen was tryin to hook up last weekend, but I had to kayfabe it.
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