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frag (frag) noun
Fragmentation grenade: a grenade designed to scatter shrapnel over a large area.
To kill (especially an unpopular superior) by throwing a grenade or other explosive.
[From shortening of fragmentation.]
The term had its origin in the Vietnam War. How common was fragging? The OED includes this 1971 citation from the Brisbane Courier-Mail: "There were 209 fragging incidents last year, according to the Army and 34 deaths were listed as probably due to these."
"A senior Defense Department official said earlier this year. 'I remember
when enlisted folks fragged -- as we liked to say -- threw grenades into
the officers' quarters in Vietnam. Not a pretty picture."
"Could it happen? Could the LAPD be fragged by the courts? Hit by
friendly fire from a federal law that was supposedly gunning for other
This week's theme: slang.
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. -Miguel de Cervantes, novelist (1547-1616)
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