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Originally US Army slang from the Vietnam War meaning attacked or to be attacked but is now used more widely. The expression referred, initially, to night-time artillery attacks where illuminating rounds would be used to expose the target before it was destroyed with High Explosive, Fragmentation or White Phosphorous (Willie Pete) rounds. The use of the expression broadened until it was used to describe any intense attack whether on enemy positions or personnel or your own with an air strike artillery or small arms fire.
“Charlie lit up Kilo company’s compound last night. Man it was crazy, mortar rounds everywhere, but nobody got greased an’ only a couple of minor wounds. No evacs, just a purple heart an’ a pat on the head.”
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When you think up something brilliantly righteous while baked.
X: I had this great highdea last night
Y: You clearly were philosopher stoned.
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US Army slang meaning attacked. Initially referring to artillery attacks at night when illuminating rounds were fired to expose the target before destroying it with HE (High Explosive), Fragmentation or WP (White Phosphorous). Eventually the phrase was used to describe any intense attack on enemy positions or personnel whether it was with artillery, air strike or small arms.
We caught one of Charlie's supply columns out in the open and called in an artillery strike!
What happened?
Man you should have seen it, they got lit up real good!
Number One!
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To be buzzed or completely drunk.
Man, I just took two shots of tequila. I am lit up!
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verb. To be shot multiple times while playing the sport of paintball, negitave term usually refering to either being bunkered (see bunkered in dictionary) or being shot by running into a line of paint while moving up on field, making a runthrough, etc. (when done being lit up, you look much like a christmas tree with all the pretty colors all over you)
The guy on the red team was totally lit up while trying to take the snake.
by revelationtrent September 13, 2006
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