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buttering

buttering  n.— «Spread a layer of mortar on the bottom of the opening like you’d spread butter on bread. In fact, the process is called buttering. Do the same to the top and sides of the replacement brick and slide it carefully into the...

alligator shear

alligator shear  n.— «Mr. Graap and Agents Stern and Green moved into a brick building where a squat steel machine that was painted green and run by hydraulic power—known in the business as an alligator sheer for its resemblance to that...

skiintling

skiintling  n.— Note: According to the Oxford English Dictionary, skintling is “to separate and reset (half-dried bricks) at angles to each other, so as to complete the drying.” «The brick facade is as curious as anything. It’s...

hat

hat  n.— «They contended city officials meddled with their original scheme, rejecting an innovative plan for terra cotta facade panels that would have screened the tower from the rain. The Department of Planning and Development insisted on...

poot-butt

poot-butt  n.— «The thief—part of the growing poot-butt posse making life miserable for law-abiding citizens across the nation—made off with a cellular phone.…I kept the concrete brick the poot-butt had hurled through my window...

Neo-Mexiterranean

Neo-Mexiterranean  n.— «There are front porches along the street, condominiums up above, even lofts designed to look like row houses shipped here from the East Coast. Much of the new stuff is generic Bay Area infill—”neo...

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