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fugazi

or fugazy

What does fugazi mean?

Fugazi can be used to describe a situation as “fucked up” or to describe an item as fake.

Related words

fux, Sex Pistols

Where does fugazi come from?

Examples of fugazi

“I downloaded the new update, but it came up with an error message during installation and quit halfay [sic] through, and completely fugazied my iphone.”
bajori Apple (August 19, 2008)
“Copping everything from look-a-likes to fugazi materials just to feel good about ya selves smh”
@the_Dondotti Twitter (April 25, 2017)
“Michael Pregent, a former Army Intelligence Officer with over 28 years of experience working conflicts around the world, examined footage from the parade in Pyongyang and noticed that much of the military hardware are fugazi.”
Paul Sacca, “Military Expert Shreds North Korea Parade For Fake Weapons, Even Sunglasses Are Fugazi,” BroBible (April, 27, 2017)
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Who uses fugazi?

Fugazi in the sense of “fucked up” is used in reference to the Vietnam war, but not much elsewhere.

Fugazy or fugazi in the sense of “fake” is strongly associated with Italian communities in New York and New Jersey, but has also been more widely adopted through the popularity of the movie Donnie Brasco and through hip-hop.

In addition to functioning as an adjective and noun, fugazi/fugazy sometimes serves as a verb for “mess up.”

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