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white top

white top  n.— «To get to Bamiyan Province about a hundred miles due west of Kabul, the Afghan capital, Mrs. Bush flew by helicopter. There was none of the airborne luxury of the so-called “white tops”—the Sikorsky Sea Kings that usually...

warm line

warm line  n.— «One of the new ways parents are being included is through phone calls such as the ones Ball gets from time to time. It’s sometimes referred to as a “warm line.” Calls can be made by any number of people—someone...

shoot and scoot mission

shoot and scoot mission  n.— «It’s a well known Taliban tactic to use what the Marines call “Dickers” (spotters) to monitor their patrols and choose if and when to attack, usually in very short burst of what the commandos call...

dicker

dicker  n.— Note: Related to dick ‘to watch or to keep under surveillance.’ «It’s a well known Taliban tactic to use what the Marines call “Dickers” (spotters) to monitor their patrols and choose if and when to...

A and A

A and A  n.— «The other two A and As—U.S. Army slang for Afghan army soldiers—hit the deck directly in front of the Humvee and quickly bring their rifles up to the prone position.» —“Next Stop Kandahar” by Mark...

man-love Thursday

man-love Thursday  n.— «Stoneham is the most colourful—a good-natured, hard-right conservative who mocks gay marriages and would gladly help haul pedophiles to the gallows if asked. If you want to see the veins pop on his forehead, raise...