in the suck

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Wed Nov 3 16:15:20 UTC 2010

"All we have to do is look at the words of junior leaders who are in
the suck or who have returned from it."

Urban Dictionary: "Unofficial slang term used by the Marine Corps.
Defines any situation in and around a war time conflict where
conditions are undesirable. Also known as 'The Shit.' "

The term crops up in the movie Jarhead.

I don't see it in the online OED.


Paul Frank
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