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boomer interrupted

boomer interrupted  n.— «The new euphemism for those called to parental assistance is “boomer interrupted.” Just when you began to look forward to your own retirement, your role reverses and you need to take care of those who...

landing gear

landing gear  v. phr.— «He plugs the air line, emergency line and electrical cables from the cab to the trailer, cranks up the “landing gear” that keeps the trailer moored to the ground, rechecks tags to make sure he’s got the...

run wild

run wild  v. phr.— «His usual workweek is a five-day, four-night route around California or the Southwest—”running wild” in Wal-Mart trucker parlance—delivering goods to stores, used pallets to warehouses and...

settle

settle  v.— «Adewale Ayuba is a popular fuji musician in Nigeria. He was shot in the leg on 8 April, 2001 while returning to his house after a performance. Four men of the dreaded mobile police jumped on him and demanded to be...

cold trailing

cold trailing  n.— «Cecil soon called out, and a beagle was eliminated. The canine’s sin? Barking too much before the chase—”cold trailing” in the parlance of the trialers. Cecil wanted a chase before culling dogs from the cast...

Floridana

Floridana  n.— «Old postcards are one facet of what some collectors call kitsch and others prefer to call “Floridana”—a broader term that extends beyond the simply silly and encompasses a vast body of memorabilia with one thing in common:...