U.S. Army and Marine Corps Slang.
[ frag ]
/ fræg /
verb (used with object), fragged, frag·ging.
to kill, wound, or assault (especially an unpopular or overzealous superior) with a fragmentation grenade.
- fracture zone,
- fragile site,
- fragile x syndrome,
- fragile x-chromosome,
- fragile-x syndrome
Origin of frag
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; by shortening
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/ (fræɡ) /
verb frags, fragging or fragged
(tr) US military slang to kill or wound (a fellow soldier or superior officer) deliberately with an explosive device
Word Origin for frag
C20: short for fragmentation grenade, as used in Vietnam
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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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