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covering

covering  n.— «Staying on a horse, or “covering” in rodeo parlance, and having what is judged to be the best ride, is worth $16,000.» —“World Champion” by Robyn Harrison Mountain Mail (Socorro, New...

Terry stop

Terry stop  n.— «In any event, Desjaridns said police have the right to perform what is called a “Terry” stop, named for the U.S. Supreme Court case Terry v. Ohio. In that case, an officer observed an individual loitering...

wasta

wasta  n.—Gloss: the Arabic word for influence, personal connections; “pull” or “juice.” Note: While not yet fully adopted as an English word, wasta is increasingly familiar to American soldiers serving in the Middle...

trunk monkey

trunk monkey  n.—Gloss: a rear gunner in an armed vehicle, caravan, or convoy. Note: Used among military personnel and contractors in Iraq. It’s possible that the term derives from this advertisement from Suburban Auto Group, and others...

tippler house

tippler house  n.— «He welded in the coal preparation house, or the tippler house in mine parlance, for 11 years. He was up top where he could see the sun, the fog and the rain and feel the breeze.» —“He welded way through med...

marriage broom

marriage broom  n.— «Lasko bought a few of her mother’s brooms (she stresses the artisanal nature of these objects; Curt decides not to use one to shoo Enzo off his leg) and spent time with broom maker Marlow Gates at his Leicester, North...