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7,000-mile screwdriver

7,000-mile screwdriver
 n.— «As I think most of you know from our efforts on the USS Cole, the chief of naval operations, secretary of the navy, both for good, legal reasons of not interfering with ongoing investigations from Washington, and for practical reasons of the difficulty of adjusting things with a 7,000-mile screwdriver, do not reach out into the midst of the investigation and pull back information prematurely.» —“Pentagon Holds News Briefing on Submarine Collision” by Steve Pietropaoli CNN Feb. 15, 2001. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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