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  • v. To run about; to frisk; to whisk.
  • v. To rebut an argument line by line, especially on the Internet.


Compare Swedish fjeska to bustle about. (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from fisking. (Wiktionary)



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  • In the U.K. this word is used to describe a point by point rebuttal of a contentious article. It came about because bloggers often took issue with articles by Robert Fisk (Middle East correspondent of the Independent), and the act of writting a rebuttal became known as Fisking.

    June 25, 2009

  • the OED defines fisk as an intransitive verb: "To move briskly, scamper about, frisk, whisk; also with about, abroad, in and out, to and fro."

    April 4, 2007