n.— «The “doughnut” watch: The most remarkable thing about the analyst meeting is always the way Wall Street types cluster around top executives in the hallways and at meals, straining to hear some valuable piece of extra information like groupies seeking autographs from a rock star. Bill Gates always drew the biggest clusters, or “doughnuts” as the ‘Softies call them. But he didn’t attend this year. The year’s doughnut king is Ballmer, who drew a four-deep cluster of starched shirts in the hallway after his presentation in Microsoft’s on-campus briefing center.» —“Analysts served up tidbits, spy “doughnuts” at Microsoft meeting” by Brier Dudley Seattle Times (Washington) July 25, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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