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catch in the air
 n.— «You however forgot to tell your audience to watch out for “one chance,” or “catch in the air.” These are thieves that operate in danfo buses. They position themselves strategically in the bus, and pick unsuspecting passengers, who are dispossesed of their belongings while the bus is speeding away. The co-operating passengers are relieved of their properties, and let down quietly. The non co-operating ones receive the beating of their lives, and are sometimes pushed out of the speeding bus.» —“What ‘Conductor’ Has Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder” by Kingsley Ezenekwe in Lagos, Nigeria BBC July 18, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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