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deer fast

deer fast
 n.— «She recalled how the boy began to cry because he was so thirsty, but he still refused water. Many Iraqi parents try out what is known as “deer fasting,” probably based on a belief that deer eat less during the summer, to get youngsters to go without food for shorter periods in preparation for full-blown fasting. Ahmed’s six-year-old sister Rand is on a deer fast.» —“Young ‘heroes’ in Iraq get a taste for fasting” in Baghdad, Iraq Agence France-Presse Sept. 21, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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