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spectacular

spectacular  n.— «It’s the real thing. And it’s real big. We’re talking about a new three-dimensional, six-story-high lighted sign—known in outdoor advertising parlance as a “spectacular”—that the Coca-Cola Co. plans to unveil...

gank

gank  v.— «In their confession to police, the two youths said they would go “make a run” or “gank an o.g.,” which means they would drive around until they spotted an elderly woman, usually at a bank or shopping...

sonker

sonker  n.— «There is nothing very distinctive about the sonker itself—it may be made with either flour or breadcrumbs—except for this: The filling is whatever’s handy at the time.» —“What makes sonker a sonker after being songle or...

racino

racino  n.— «In Chicago, the owner of Arlington Park talks of turning his track into a “racino,” by putting in black jack, crap tables et al.» —“Greenwood’s glory reduced to simulcasts” by Jamie...

tip drill

tip drill  n.— «“If you take offense, it’s like you’re saying you are a tip drill,” a street term for a woman in whom men only have a sexual interest.» —“The beat goes on” by Ytasha Womack Chicago...

stir cake

stir cake  n.— «“I went and got a shave and cut and came home, kicked it for a minute. About 5 o’clock, I was stirring cake”—a street term for selling drugs, authorities said.» —“New drug sweep nets at least 57″ by H...