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shut up and color

shut up and color v. phr. mind one’s own business, keep one’s head down, do as one is told. Editorial Note: Most often used as a dismissive command toward someone perceived to be uninformed, inexperienced, or unimportant. The 1980 citation is...

godbag

godbag n. a person who espouses or promotes a religion, especially in politics or the public sphere. Editorial Note: A different “god bag” is a device for relieving psychological burdens: it is a receptacle that holds pieces of paper on...

redboard

redboard v. to speculate on the outcome of a horse race that has already finished. Editorial Note: The garbled text in the 1954 citation is true to the original. Several lines seem to have been mis-ordered, so it should probably have read, “On...

shack-wacky

shack-wacky adj. restless or irritable from staying indoors or in one location for a long period; stir crazy; afflicted with cabin fever. Editorial Note: The Dictionary of American Regional English has a single 1991 citation of this term from a...

hoghouse

hoghouse attrib. connotating legislation that has been stripped of its original provisions and amended to accomplish a different purpose. Also as verb. Etymological Note: The history given in the last citation is plausible but unverified. (source:...

starvation corner

starvation corner n. a literal or notional place of little sustenance, especially that part of a large gathering (a banquet, mealtime in a dining hall, a family get-together, etc.) in which food has yet to be served or eaten. Editorial Note: Often...