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hamburger bomb

hamburger bomb  n.— «He says terrorists—who have brought explosives on board more than 100 flights around the world since the 1950s (including the shoe bomb of al-Qaida agent Richard Reid)—have devised what’s called the “hamburger...

vomit comet

vomit comet  n.— «A San Juan travel agent indelicately calls it the “vomit comet”—an allusion, I imagine, to the great number of babes in arms or inexperienced travelers aboard the planes. It was therefore with some misgiving that I...

cotton curtain

cotton curtain  n.— «This very afternoon he had left the office of his agent in New York, tonight would stop off at his house in Bucks County, and tomorrow would head south, under the “cotton curtain,” as he expressed it...

bamboo kun

bamboo kun  n.— «When the bamboo is pulped and treated, it produces strands that are nearly as strong as steel. A natural agent called “bamboo kun” prevents the growth of bacteria on the fiber, eliminating the need for anti-microbial...

twisting

twisting  n.— «This would be like canceling a life insurance policy that you have been paying premiums on for 70 years and exchanging it for a brand-new policy. An insurance agent or broker who persuades you to make this switch is guilty...

bash

bash  n.— «Existing dealers in Dumfries, keen to meet demand, have been cutting the drug with potentially fatal fillers, or “bash” as it is known on the street, which can lead to thrombosis. The main agent used is diazepam, but...

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