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uprate

uprate  n.— «he country’s most powerful nuclear plant, Palo Verde west of Phoenix, will soon grow more powerful, joining dozens of other nuclear plants whose upgrades are adding the equivalent of up to five new reactors across the nation...

robo-call

robo-call  n.— «Cochrane’s employer recently turned to Robo-call. Last month, Montgomery Ward’s credit department switched on an automated…number—and immediately heard the wrath of its customers.» —“Voice mail is a boon to...

good dog

good dog  n.— «“Bad dog” means merchants who illegally sell tobacco. Good dog, of course, applies to merchants to who don’t take the bait.…the Attorney General’s Office will send letters to retailers, including those who sold...

bad dog

bad dog  n.— «“Bad dog” means merchants who illegally sell tobacco. Good dog, of course, applies to merchants to who don’t take the bait.…the Attorney General’s Office will send letters to retailers, including those who sold...

slump buster

slump buster  n.— «Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace commented a few years ago on Jim Rome’s sports radio show about the concept of the “slump buster.” When a batter is going through a hitting slump, Grace said the...

Jesus junk

Jesus junk  n.— «Whether a Christian-themed trinket is tacky or a treasure is in the eye of the beholder, says Pennington, who opened The Compass Christian Lifestyle Superstore in Waco in September 1997. “We don’t want it to look...