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snag

snag  n.— «Cash L. Hopkins, 25, an inmate from the Indian Ridge Corrections Center in Snohomish County, was killed Aug. 18 at the Ace Creek fire when a burning snag fell on him.» —“Forest-Fire Death Spurs State Review” in...

hero

hero  n.— «It seems like a straightforward assignment until the “hero”—food styling parlance for the center of the plate foodstuff—arrives on set as wrinkled as a baggy pair of pantyhose that have lost their elastic...

blue-sky

blue-sky  v.— «He insisted he was merely “blue skying” the idea. He swore he had never used the report, which he had promoted while at NIAAA, to solicit loans from banks to build a private treatment center.» —“The...

center brow

center brow  n.— «Body Beautifull Spa and Laser Center…also provides laser hair removal, ranging in price from $100 for the “center brow” to five times that amount for larger body areas.» —“Bigger, Brighter, Better...

polyvitro

polyvitro  n.— «At the center of the bridge are two towers of glacial blue polyvitro (a word [Dale] Chihuly has coined) crystals, rising 40 feet. » —“Dazzling art glass makes Tacoma sparkle” by Judy Florman in Tacoma...

wag

wag  n.— «Anthony Cordesman, an Iraq analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the figure of 5,000 insurgents “was never more than a wag and is now clearly ridiculous.”» —“Iraq Insurgency Larger...