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winter soldier

winter soldier  n.— «Why “Winter Soldier”? This harkens back to 1777-78. After suffering three terrible defeats by the much larger British force and marching hundreds of miles, the hungry, ragged, typhoid-infected, 11,000-man Continental...

Über

The German word über has found a place in American English. A New Jersey man says he and his colleagues find it to be more versatile than a Swiss Army knife, as in, “He is uber in the middle of that situation,” “That was an uber...

raise

raise  n.— «Stephen Green, a former Corporal who served in the British army for 9 years and was also a UN peacekeeper, was battered to death by 4 yobs doing a “raise.” A raise is common street slang for a robbery with the...

no duff

no duff  other.— «L/Cpl Steven Jones, 25—an Army passenger on the plane—yelled, “No duff, no duff, we are on fire, we are on fire,” before communication was lost. “No duff” is a military term used to indicate a real emergency instead of a...

ground-owner

ground-owner  n.— «During the war in Iraq, young Army and Marine captains have become American viceroys, officers with large sectors to run and near-autonomy to do it. In military parlance, they are the “ground-owners.” In practice, they...

where is

where is  other.— «It was sold “as is” and “where is,” which is on a 150-acre island that has at various times belonged to the Dutch, the British, the United States Army and the Coast Guard.» —“An Island’s Fire Truck, Idle for...

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