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phreak

[freek] /frik/
noun
verb (used without object), phreaked, phreaking.
2.
to act as a phone phreak.
verb (used with object), phreaked, phreaking.
3.
to tamper with (telephones) as a phone phreak does.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; altered spelling of freak1, copying ph- of phone1
Can be confused
freak, phreak.
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Word Origin and History for phreak
phreak
1972, originally in phone phreak, one of a set who defraud telephone companies electronically. The ph- in phone may have suggested the alteration, but this seems to be the original of the 1990s slang fad for substituting ph- for f- (e.g. phat).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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