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medano

medano  n.— «For instance, the term for a kind of dune called a “medano” that forms only on North Carolina’s Outer Banks…and a strange jag of land found under the water off the coast of Monterey, Calif., that’s called a...

soft knock

soft knock  n.— «The Soldiers perform what is known as soft knocks, versus a more aggressive approach to enter the houses. They announce their intentions to enter houses over a loud speaker, asking the residents to unlock their front gates...

dura

dura  n.— «Kimmons told the detective that she wanted to buy $20 of “dura,” a slang term for crack cocaine, records show. The detective gave Kimmons two rocks of simulated cocaine in exchange for the money.» —“Woman...

play-off

play-off  n.— «A “play-off” is TV jargon for the footage that is run before a commercial break and it’s one of the many terms Linnell has had to pick up quickly as he runs a TV news and current affairs department for the first...

Prius backlash

Prius backlash  n.— «Hybrid owners say they feel like the victims of road rage. Carpoolers accuse them of driving too slowly in order to maximize their fuel efficiency, and of clogging diamond lanes that were once clear. Hybrid motorists...

trucker bomb

trucker bomb  n.— «Road crews call the bottles “trucker bombs”—trucker since that’s the group most often blamed for dumping them and bomb because they explode when a mower hits them, often sending a putrid shower of warm urine...