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phish

[fish] /fɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make (someone) a victim in this way:
If you've been phished, you should cancel your credit cards immediately.
Sometimes, brand spoof.
Compare vish.
Origin
1995-2000
1995-2000; respelling (influenced by phreak) of fish
Related forms
phisher, noun
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Examples for phish
  • We think consumers cannot grant meaningful, informed consent when an installation is predicated on a worm or a phish.
  • Many anti-virus programs now filter out or warn you of potential phish attacks.
Contemporary definitions for phish
verb

to send ruse e-mail with a link to a replica of an existing web page, designed to fool users into submitting personal, financial, or password information; to defraud someone using this method; also, to create a website replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords

Examples

1990s; prob fr fishing, borrowing the ph from phony

Word Origin

computing; also phishing , (n.), phisher , (n.)

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Slang definitions & phrases for phish

phish

verb

To lure unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking e-mail with the real organization's logo, in an attempt to steal passwords or financial or personal information or introduce a virus attack; the creation of a Web site replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords (1996+)


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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