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headache ball

headache ball  n.— «Headache ball: The large, round, steel ball weighing 500 to 1,000 pounds that hangs from the end of a construction crane’s cable. It has a hook on the bottom and is used to keep the cable from rolling back up on itself...

pusher

pusher
 n.— «Pusher: The foreman.» —“Chicago Speak” by Anne Keegan Chicago Tribune Feb. 3, 1994. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

Joe McGee

Joe McGee
 n.— «Joe McGee: An ironworker who is sloppy at his job and makes mistakes. (The derivation is unknown.)» —“Chicago Speak” by Anne Keegan Chicago Tribune Feb. 3, 1994. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

punkin

punkin  n.— «Punkin: An apprentice ironworker who does jobs such as running for coffee and getting tools for the journeymen.» —“Chicago Speak” by Anne Keegan Chicago Tribune Feb. 3, 1994. (source: Double-Tongued...

rod buster

rod buster
 n.— «Rod buster: The worker who sets the reinforced steel rods that are to be covered by concrete.» —“Chicago Speak” by Anne Keegan Chicago Tribune Feb. 3, 1994. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

bottle service

bottle service  n.— «Some Chicago clubgoers wanting to feel like a VIP will shell out hundreds of dollars for their own bottle of expensive vodka or other liquor, then settle in to be doted on at a private table where they can see and be...