frag

frag

[frag] U.S. Army and Marine Corps Slang.
verb (used with object), fragged, fragging.
1.
to kill, wound, or assault (especially an unpopular or overzealous superior) with a fragmentation grenade.

Origin:
1965–70, Americanism; by shortening

fragger, noun
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frag (fræɡ)
 
vb , frags, fragging, fragged
slang (US) (tr) military to kill or wound (a fellow soldier or superior officer) deliberately with an explosive device
 
[C20: short for fragmentation grenade, as used in Vietnam]
 
'fragging
 
n

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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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