an alternative to "fuck" that is less offensive but often still satisfying. Used in casual conversation rather than genuine anger. It is less versatile than the real f-word, and is not used to refer to sex.
What the frick was that?
I'm tired of this frickin' homework.
Alternative to "fuck". From the oppressive factory manager "Henry Clay Frick" who was hated by his workers. Frick was shot multiple times by the anarchist Alexander Berkman, then stabbed repeatedly until Berkman was pulled off the mangled near-corpse of Frick.
From Andrew Carnegie's partner Henry Clay Frick, whose name became a "dirty word" in southwest Pennsylvania in 1892 after Pinkerton goons, whom Frick had hired, assaulted and murdered striking steel workers in the town of Homestead.