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heli-stepping

heli-stepping  n.— «Just dropping off the crew can be risky. The pilot might have to hold the Super Huey on one of its two landing skids against the side of mountain. Other times, the pilot hovers just above the top of the brush and the...

shack

shack  n.— «Twenty-two seconds after dropping his bomb, Schmidt gave the universal striker-pilot signal for a direct hit: “Shack.”» —“A Soldier’s Story: Part Two” by Ron Corbett Ottawa Citizen (Can...

Narita divorce

Narita divorce  n.— «So familiar is the very short marriage in Japan that the parting has earned a slang name: Narita divorce, after Japan’s main international airport.» —“Till baggage carousel do us part” by Deborah...

wheels up

wheels up  adj.— «But the minute the last leader’s white-topped helicopter took off at the crack of dawn Friday—went “wheels up,” in the parlance of law enforcement officers—coastal Georgians rushed to resume normal summertime...

trike

trike  n.— «A “trike” is slang for something officially known as a “flexwing microlight aircraft.” They call it a trike because it has three wheels, like a tricycle.» —by Jeffrey R. Brant Journal of...

mitigate

mitigate  v.— «Continental Airlines employees also bore blame, he said, because they would send bags directly onto the planes if they determined the TSA could not screen every bag for explosives without causing delays. In airport parlance...

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