[frag]U.S. Army and Marine Corps Slang.
- to kill, wound, or assault (especially an unpopular or overzealous superior) with a fragmentation grenade.
Origin of frag
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for frag
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This line is repeated with variations as a sort of refrain, Frag.
Sextus, in order to get some plausible pretext for the desertion, Frag.
The dwellers in the vicinity, desiring to learn what was revealed by the books, Frag.
In the course of time the number of the tribunes was fixed at ten, Frag.
- (tr) US military slang to kill or wound (a fellow soldier or superior officer) deliberately with an explosive device
C20: short for fragmentation grenade, as used in Vietnam
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Word Origin and History for frag
by 1970, U.S. military slang, from slang noun shortening of fragmentation grenade (1918). Related: Fragged; fragging.
Fragging is a macabre ritual of Vietnam in which American enlisted men attempt to murder their superiors. The word comes from the nickname for hand grenades, a weapon popular with enlisted men because the evidence is destroyed with the consummation of the crime. ["Saturday Review," Jan. 8, 1972]
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