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to wear down (an opposing military force) by numerical superiority in troops or firepower.
verb (US, slang) (transitive) -trits, -tritting, -tritted
to wear down or dispose of gradually
to kill

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.


An expected rate of loss or attrition: Attrit can refer to an expected rate of loss or attrition (Air Force)


To dispose of or dispense with gradually; subject to attrition: Workers never retire, resign, or die—they are attritted
To kill: Well, counterattacks are a useful way to attrit the enemy


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