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in-law chaser

in-law chaser  n.— «Not surprisingly, there are times when it may snow in late April or early May—this in Navajo culture is called an “In-Law Chaser.” Navajo teaching says if an in-law has a weak mind, that individual will state he or she...

permablitz

permablitz  n.— «Palmer is one of the inventors of the permablitz, an event in which people donate time and plants to help create an environmentally friendly space growing fruit, herbs and vegetables. The phenomenon began in April last...

dead-check

dead-check  v. phr.— «“They teach us to do dead-checking when we’re clearing rooms,” an enlisted Marine recently returned from Iraq told me. “You put two bullets into the guy’s chest and one in the brain. But when you enter a...

collector of injustice

collector of injustice  n.— «Federal agents investigating the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech think Seung Hui Cho displayed many of the same characteristics of a criminal behavioral profile called the “Collector of...

FOIA

FOIA  n.— «The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Open Government Act on April 12, a bill that would strengthen one of the most powerful tools Americans have to oversee the inner workings of government—the Freedom of Information...

pellet

pellet  n.— «On April 24, the day before the New York TRACON evacuation, under the heading of “operational update,” the ATO’s internal communication staff writes tongue-in-cheek accounts of daily airspace operations, air...

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