One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To dismantle or disassemble (a firearm or other piece of equipment), especially as one would in the field rather than in a workshop, etc.
2with object Informal (originally and chiefly Military). To shred (the butt of a cigarette or cigar), usually so that the pieces can be disposed of without leaving evidence of one's passing.
1920s; earliest use found in The Boston Globe. From field + strip.
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