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[fris-koh] /ˈfrɪs koʊ/
noun, Informal.
San Francisco.
Origin of Frisco
1850-55, Americanism; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The consciousness of having touched up the 'Frisco men seemed to have a salutary influence on Mr. McMurtrie's play.

  • Here I had a good meal for a dollar—the first since leaving 'Frisco.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • On April 30, one week after leaving Frisco, things looked worse than ever, and we were still sick.

  • She was a grain ship from 'Frisco, and grain ships are full of rats.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • I would advise you, however, continued the captain, to go ashore at the first American port instead of going to Frisco.

  • Come up this mornin' from 'Frisco—Be'n a-saltin' my specie-stacks down.

  • He said he would take her to Sacramento and 'Frisco and buy her everything any girl could desire.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • There is no need for us to describe the mansion of a Frisco nabob.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • The Frisco kid merely presented the mien of a stoic to the appeal of Benson, and in silence dragged away at one of his arms.

  • And a little while ago she quit Quien Sabe and hiked out to 'Frisco.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
Word Origin and History for Frisco

colloquial shortening of San Francisco, California, U.S., attested by 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Frisco



San Francisco, California: Ever been to Frisco? (1854+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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San Francisco
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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