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Fry

1. Christopher. born 1907, English dramatist; author of the verse dramas A Phoenix Too Frequent (1946), The Lady's Not For Burning (1948), and Venus Observed (1950)
2. Elizabeth. 1780--1845, English prison reformer and Quaker
3. Roger Eliot. 1866--1934, English art critic and painter who helped to introduce the postimpressionists to Britain. His books include Vision and Design (1920) and C?zanne (1927)
4. Stephen (John). born 1957, British writer, actor, and comedian; his novels include The Liar (1991) and The Stars' Tennis Balls (2000)

fry

(1)
To fail. Said especially of smoke-producing hardware failures. More generally, to become non-working. Usage: never said of software, only of hardware and humans. See fried, magic smoke.

fry

(2)
To cause to fail; to roach, toast, or hose a piece of hardware. Never used of software or humans, but compare fried.
References in classic literature ?
Well, we'll shew you how to fry fish, and make chowder.
Why did you leave the steak to fry, and the ale to run, and then spoil all the meal?
In the long try watches of the night it is a common thing for the seamen to dip their ship-biscuit into the huge oil-pots and let them fry there awhile.