late 13c., from O.Fr. frire, from L. frigere "to roast or fry," from PIE *bhreu- (cf. Skt. bhrjjati "roasts, bharjanah "roasting;" Pers. birishtan "to roast;" Gk. phrygein "to roast, bake"). Meaning "execute in the electric chair" is U.S. slang from 1929. To go out of the frying pan into the fire is first attested in Thomas More (1532). Related: Fried; frying.
"young fish," 1293, from Anglo-Fr. frei, from O.Fr. frai "spawn," from froier "to rub, spawn (by rubbing abdomen on sand)." First applied to human offspring 14c. in Scot., though OED traces this usage to O.N. frjo, fræ "seed, offspring."
To be executed in the electric chair, or to execute someone in the electric chair: I built up a case against Sandmark. You probably could have fried him with it, too/ Apparently everybody in Texas thinks everybody should be fried(1929+)
To punish severely; kick ass, rough up: I'll call the CFTC, the FBI, George Bush, and I'll beg them to fry your ass(1920+)