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  1. James,1834–72, U.S. financier and stock speculator.
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Examples from the Web for fisk

Historical Examples

  • "I 'd like to know where you had been to-day if it was n't for your pluck," said Fisk, doggedly.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)

    Charles James Lever

  • "That's Simmy,—that's the man," cried Fisk, as he dried his eyes.

  • "The Garottaman is one of the first clubs in town," broke in Fisk.

  • Mr. Fisk rubbed his hands and laughed heartily at this joke.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • After it was over Robertson was to have the land and Fisk the horses in the place.

British Dictionary definitions for fisk


  1. slang to refute or criticize (a journalistic article or blog) point by point
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Word Origin

C21: after the use of this technique by Robert Fisk (born 1946), British journalist, to criticize articles
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Word Origin and History for fisk


2002, an Internet argument tactic involving a reprinting of an article or blog post, interlarded with rebuttals and refutations, often intended to show the original is a sandpile of flawed facts, unfounded assertions, and logical fallacies. Named for English journalist Robert Fisk (b.1946), Middle East correspondent for the "Independent," whose writing often criticizes America and Israel and is somewhat noted for looseness with details. Related: Fisked; fisking.

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