Definition of Morton's Fork in English:
1An argument used by John Morton in demanding gifts for the royal treasury: if a man lived well he was obviously rich and if he lived frugally then he must have savings.
- But he is remembered by English schoolboys as the author of Morton's Fork, which worked like this.
- Allow me to introduce you to Morton's Fork, with which you may not be acquainted.
- The King employed the bishop as one of his most efficient tax collectors; he was the Morton of Morton's fork.