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attrit

[uh-trit] /əˈtrɪt/
verb (used with object), attritted, attritting.
1.
to wear down (an opposing military force) by numerical superiority in troops or firepower.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; back formation from attrition
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  • Persons in and near poverty attrit at a higher rate than other persons.
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attrit

/əˈtrɪt/
verb (US, slang) (transitive) -trits, -tritting, -tritted
1.
to wear down or dispose of gradually
2.
to kill
Word Origin
C18: back formation from attrition
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Word Origin and History for attrit
v.

1956, U.S. Air Force back-formation from attrition which attained currency during the Vietnam War. (A 17c. attempt at a verb produced attrite). Related: Attrited; attriting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for attrit

attrit

noun

An expected rate of loss or attrition: Attrit can refer to an expected rate of loss or attrition (Air Force)

verb
  1. To dispose of or dispense with gradually; subject to attrition: Workers never retire, resign, or die—they are attritted
  2. To kill: Well, counterattacks are a useful way to attrit the enemy

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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