attrit


attrit

verb (used with object), at·trit·ted, at·trit·ting.

  1. to wear down (an opposing military force) by numerical superiority in troops or firepower.

verb -trits, -tritting or -tritted US slang (tr)

  1. to wear down or dispose of gradually
  2. to kill
v.

1956, U.S. Air Force back-formation from attrition which attained currency during the Vietnam War. (A 17c. attempt at a verb produced attrite). Related: Attrited; attriting.

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