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RFC discussion: February 2011[edit]

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Sense: (US Army slang) To smoke : to order a recruit to exercise until he "gags" (usually spoken in exaggeration).

I don't get whether this is one or two senses. Of course we don't have any citations. DCDuring TALK 15:22, 11 February 2011 (UTC)
I think the intent is "To order a recruit to exercise excessively" with etymology "to order a recruit to exercise until he gags (chokes)" and synonym "smoke". Not sure, though.​—msh210 (talk) 16:06, 11 February 2011 (UTC)


rfquotek:Lamb[edit]

I do not understand this edit, why would the editor who contributes an unreferenced, unsubstantiated meaning at the same time place a request for a quote from a specific author? --Dbachmann (talk) 10:32, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

I see, it's from this. You haven't handled this very well though. The fact of the matter is that the definition "A mouthful that makes one retch; a choking bit" is from Webster 1913, and the quote "a gag of mutton fat" is from Lamb. I.e., you have already provided a quote from lamb, on the authority of Webster 1913. --Dbachmann (talk) 10:39, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

I'm not 100% sure of that. I think the "gag of mutton fat" is Webster's own example, and then (Charles) Lamb is given as somebody who has used the word in some other context. Hard to tell since Webster's entries sometimes do it my way and sometimes yours. Equinox 10:59, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

RFV discussion: February–April 2016[edit]

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RFV-sense of the military sense. Had been tagged RFC for years. - -sche (discuss) 19:02, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Was concealed as a quotation for a long time. Added by Ed Poor on October 13, 2006. User has been inactive for a long time, making only ten edits since 2007, and none since 2012. Not getting anything obviously relevant on Google Books or trying to combine key words and exclude irrelevant ones. This rather short glossary of user-submitted military slang supports the definition of "smoke" but doesn't suggest that it's synonymous with "gag". This one and this one don't mention either. There are tons of hits for "army slang" or "military slang", but they're not very well organized. So far I haven't found either "gag" or "smoke" apart from that first hit for "smoke." Maybe someone else will have more luck than I did, but my instinct is that the editor was confused about the word when this entry was made. P Aculeius (talk) 00:42, 13 February 2016 (UTC)
I could find a good number of hits for "get|got smoked", but not for "get|got gagged". DCDuring TALK 01:30, 13 February 2016 (UTC)
RFV-failed. - -sche (discuss) 02:13, 6 April 2016 (UTC)