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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)
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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.
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