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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.

  • There's the deed out in 'Frisco, with yours and John's name on it.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • On April 30, one week after leaving Frisco, things looked worse than ever, and we were still sick.

  • Our chance lay on the deck of the Southern Cross, and after that at 'Frisco.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
  • I would advise you, however, continued the captain, to go ashore at the first American port instead of going to Frisco.

  • Are you going on to 'Frisco' as you first thought of doing, Dunbar?

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • He said he would take her to Sacramento and 'Frisco and buy her everything any girl could desire.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • It will last me some time, and perhaps start me in something in Frisco.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • 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.

  • They ran a laundry together, and by'n'by they came on to Frisco and ran a laundry there.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
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
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